7400 competition: Entries and reader’s choice

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Here’s a (hopefully) complete list of entries in the Open 7400 Competition. Please share your favorites in the comments below, your favorites will receive a special reader’s choice prize. Voting ends in 24 hours.

A few commentators will receive free PCB codes as a thank you for voting.

Check out the list below.

A huge thanks to everyone who voted. Judges are deliberating now, final results will be posted by November 10th.

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  1. Alex Nelson says:

    My favorites (assuming I can’t vote for mine) are the constant load with nixie readouts, and the Class D amplifier using digital logic.

  2. Ross Kerley says:

    I’m a humongous fan of the passive RFID tag. It’s unbelievable both how much power you can get out of the reader and how little power the collection of logic chips consumes (go CMOS!)

    However, I would have to throw a vote to the 4049 Inductance meter because it is a useful thing made out of really old tech that I now want to build!

  3. Zaid Pirwani says:

    The list can’t be this small, I wanted to vote for my friend who entered 2 projects, can I vote for projects not on the list. As I can’t see his projects here…..

  4. Mechengineer says:

    I’d have to say the constant load with nixie readouts. It’s useful and the nixies are a nice touch.

  5. Steve says:

    My vote is for: Build your own FPGA

    It shows how the basic unit of a FPGA works.

  6. Zaid Pirwani says:

    I vote for the 7400 Logic Based Calculaator

  7. Yi Yao says:

    My favourite is Build your own FPGA. I think Nick should try 3D topology next!

    Also, 4007 opamp is pretty awesome. I was thinking about doing it too!

  8. RodLophus says:

    My vote is for the The BrainF**k machine. Although the guy didnt actually built it, I found he made a very clever set of design choices.

  9. Tom Price says:

    The build-your-own FPGA was very instructive for me.

  10. Will says:

    The passive RFID tag has to take the cake, I want to build one!

  11. Nasir Jumani says:

    My vote goes to the 7400 Logic Based Calculator. :)

  12. blodgar says:

    I’m torn between the sheer ingenuity of the Build Your Own FPGA and the Retro feel of the DIY keyboard.

  13. oakkar7 says:

    All are awesome and I cannot choice only one :D
    Simplicity : 4049 inductance meter
    fun : Mr. @#?%!…A 74xx based Q*Bert-ese obscenity generator
    usefulness : CMOS Frequency Counter
    best effort : 7400 Based Digital Calculator
    design : CD4000 Digital Alarm Clock
    brilliant : Constant load with nixie readouts
    complex : Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates
    awesome : Passive RFID Tag from 7400 discrete logic

  14. Discrete FPGA, definitely.

  15. Matseng says:

    Since I’m to modest to vote for my own “Constant load with nixie readouts”…

    I give my first vote to the awesome “Passive RFID Tag from 7400 discrete logic”
    and the second to the definitely cool “Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates”.

  16. jacob says:

    I’ll vote for “Passive RFID Tag from 7400 discrete logic”

  17. Veda says:

    “Passive RFID Tag” is definitely the coolest one.

  18. Umair Mukati says:

    Obviously I am going to vote for my project “7400 Based Digital Calculator”, but I can also see some interesting project out there.

  19. Nick Johnson says:

    In the absence of a vote for my own Discrete FPGA project, I’ll vote for the 1-bit processor, for introducing me to the concept of bit-serial CPUs.

  20. Bhavesh Kumar says:

    i give my first vote 2 Robot “MANTICORA” .. since i am interested in robotics … wooww

  21. Paul Fleischer says:

    I’d go with “Passive RFID Tag from 7400 discrete logic”

  22. JustSomeGuy says:

    Got to go with the passive RFID tag. A great example of sufficient overengineering

  23. adnbr says:

    Passive RFID tag, definitely. Especially because it has such a slick end product.

  24. Since I am more of an analog person, I was impressed by the the extreme measures of the Class D amplifier using digital logic (hasn0life) using buffers in parallel to get the necessary amount of output current.

    I was blown away, however, with the “build your own FPGA”.

    The circuit I want to actually replicate is the inductance meter, it might save me money :D

  25. Brian Andersen says:

    Me vote goes of to Bertho with his Passive RF74xxID tag.

  26. Shayan Ali Bhatti says:

    My vote is for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR .

  27. Vladimir says:

    ‘Build your own FPGA’ is really impressive. Complex work in both HW and SW.

  28. tayyab hafeez says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR …..

  29. Mohammad Hasasn says:

    I vote for the 7400 Logic Based Calculaator

  30. Murli says:

    My vote goes to ‘Build your own FPGA’ project…very cool project….help understand the fundamentals of FPGAs and how they work….

  31. ansab waqar says:

    My vote goes to the 7400 Logic Based Calculator. :)

  32. Kamil Khan Marwat says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  33. Hendrik Lipka says:

    In this order: the home-grown FPGA, the DIY 6502 computer, and the 4bit SAR. And a special award to the BrainF**k machine :)

  34. Paul Nicholls says:

    My vote has to go to the the DFPGA (“Build your own FPGA”), for not only an interesting project but also a fantastic writeup.

  35. mikelelere says:

    I will also vote for the “Build your own FPGA”. It’s a really awesome project and might be very useful for educational purposes.

  36. Hiba Syed says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  37. Abih Syed says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  38. Anas Hashmi says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR……

  39. Naveed Ahmed says:

    I vote for 7400 Logic based Calculator.

  40. Muhammad Farhan says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  41. Grapsus says:

    I give my vote to the homebrew FPGA.
    Very nice design and gorgeous CMS build, well done !

  42. Muneeb Ahmed Khan says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR too

  43. Im a great fan of the Passive RFID Tag, I love the mashup between old school logic and fancy modern RFID.

    As a bonus the documentation is excellent and the end product is beautiful.

  44. systemstech says:

    My vote is for the Constant load with nixie readouts. I think it was the nixies that did it for me and the fact that I need an other piece of equipment on the bench.

  45. AMD says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  46. Robotto says:

    That RFID tag is mind blowing. I’m buying one if he ever decides to mass produce.. The FPGA thing is nice too, but the wildest over-engineering is most definitely the RFID.. (over-engineering is a good thing, haven’t you heard?)

  47. TuuttiKuutamo says:

    I vote for the polonaise machine! It’s full of win and awesome.

  48. Jason Lewis says:

    My vote goes to the DFPGA. Great project and very good write up of it too.

  49. sajid ali says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR.

  50. Tom Price says:

    I found the discrete FPGA very instructive.

  51. malik ali says:

    my vote goes to 7400 Logic based calculator, i know it is very good

  52. Nakul says:

    I would vote for my own entry which is ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic gates’..but if I have to choose another one, it would surely be ‘Build your own FPGA’..really awesome build Nick!! :)

  53. Alison says:

    CD4000 digital alarm clock gets my vote!

  54. M Omer says:

    I vote for the 7400 Logic Based Calculaator

  55. Mubeen Ahmed says:

    My vote goes to 7400 Logic based calculator.

  56. zarak khan says:

    My vote goes to the 7400 Logic Based Calculator. :)

  57. SARWAN KUMAR says:

    my vote goes to 7400 Logic based calculator

  58. Muhammad Abdul haseeb says:

    Awesome idea… I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR… (Y)

  59. saim says:

    my vote goes to 7400 Logic based calculator

  60. I like mine of course, the CMOS Frequency Counter :) But I take my hat off to the Passive RF Tag’s creator who has done a tremendous good job in his circuit, I really like it! Nice design and idea!

  61. Paul Bendixen says:

    Totally the RFID chip, most complete setup on the board
    2nd the DFPGA, just because I like FPGAs so much :)

  62. Giuseppe says:

    I’d like to vote to my 1 bit microcontroller :)

    If it isn’t possible, my vote goes to “Build your own FPGA”

  63. Jayahari J says:

    My Vote – DIY musical keyboard :)

  64. Kristian says:

    I’ll cast my vote for the RF74xxID!

  65. Pedro F says:

    My vote goes to CMOS Frequency Counter.

  66. Ebrahim Haq says:

    My vote is for “7400 Logic Based Calculator”

  67. AmmadAli says:

    i give my vote to 7400 Logic Based Calculator

  68. My vote is 7400 logic based calculator…..!~!

  69. after readings i want to vote for 7400 logic based calculator

  70. Asbjørn Brask says:

    The passive RFID tag! It is by far the most ambitious project this year.

  71. After getting the know how i want to give ma vote to 7400 logic based calculator

  72. Muhammad Ayaz Hussain says:

    7400 logic based calculator seems interesting and practical.

  73. Naveed Ahmed Usmani says:

    My vote is for “7400 based calculator”. these guys are genius !

  74. Naveed Ahmed Usmani says:

    My vote is for “7400 based calculator”.

  75. Victoria7174 says:

    7400 logic based calculator

  76. hasn0life says:

    I vote for the class D amplifier (cause I made it…)
    My personal favorite though is the BrainF*ck Machine, I really like unusual computer architectures, and I think it’s great to have a “functional” computer using 20 readily available logic chips.
    Of course, the other entries are also pretty amazing….

  77. Munzir Adnan says:

    My vote goes to the 7400 Logic Based Calculator

  78. Abdul Hadi says:

    my vote goes to 7400 Logic based calculator,because its more efficient and practical…

  79. Arif says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  80. Abdul Hadi says:

    i vote for 7400 Logic based calculator,because its more efficient and practical…

  81. CP says:

    vote for cmos frequency counter :)

  82. Ant says:

    I vote for CD4000 digital alarm clock for it’s design

  83. Sajjad Idrees says:

    My vote is for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  84. Junaid Ahmed says:

    voting for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR.nice use of 7400 series

  85. Gary Strunc says:

    My first place vote is for the DIY 6502 computer. For second place I vote for 7400 Logic Based Calculator. There are a lot of great entries!

  86. Anders F says:

    I’m really impressed with the RFID tag. To even think of doing this is amazing!!!
    (Guess I wish I had the time for engineering something so completely out of the ordinary (and useless ;-))

  87. Jamshed Ali says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  88. Vikas says:

    My vote goes to Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates.

  89. Fahad Anwar says:

    i Vote for Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates

  90. Sushanth Bangera says:

    I vote for DATA encryption and Decryption …Really a great work… seems to be unique.

  91. Nithin Kumar Biliya says:

    my vote is for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  92. Sudeep V R says:

    My vote is for the excellent work on DATA encryption and Decryption

  93. Shreehari K says:

    I vote for Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  94. abdul rehman says:

    amazing

  95. Sambhav Pai says:

    i vote for Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chip.

  96. haridas rao m says:

    I would vote for my own entry which is ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic gates’

  97. Sachidananda Prabhu says:

    I have seen your work behind this.. No one can think about it.. Awesome guys.. you did it…

  98. Nischal Rao says:

    I would defenitely go for Data encryption and decryption using 74xx logic gates

  99. Anish Hegde says:

    “Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates” is the clear winner here .. My votes for that brilliant idea !

  100. Sachin Bhat says:

    I vote for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  101. ankitha D says:

    I Vote for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  102. Udayan Srivastava says:

    I vote for “data encryption and decryption using 74xx logic gates”

  103. Sandhya Bhat says:

    “Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates” .. My votes for the best one !

  104. Syed RIzwan tariq says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  105. Nick Johnson says:

    Am I the only one who thinks there’s something hinky with the voting for a couple of the projects?

    • chris says:

      heh yeah, it says it was made by students so it looks like either it’s an entire classroom of people who worked on the calculator or just someone and then got the class to all vote on it

      popularity contest, oh well

      i liked most of the projects, my favorites were the q*bert, fpga, keyboard, and all the game projects.

      i would have liked to see video of the dds, brainfuck, and some others that didn’t have video though

      • Zaid Pirwani says:

        yep, all it took was one post on facebook and the whole class[and friends] came to vote – though the project was made by 2 [not me]

      • hasn0life says:

        I hope this doesn’t scare off future contest participants from entering because they can’t (or don’t want to) get a group of people to vote for them. I also hope this doesn’t become a trend. Maybe there should be some kind of qualifications to vote? Also, were there judges this year?

      • Ian says:

        We figured it was ok because anyone was welcome to recruit friends and family to vote. We did not however count the vast majority of votes that were put in the wrong place (eg on the entry instead of here).

        There were 6 judges from the community this year, but we also included reader feedback in the ranking system and grand prize winner.

      • Matseng says:

        I would have preferred that only proper registered forum members could have voted out of fairness reasons. I’d say that the winner of the grand prize is on the very thin line between just following the rules set by DP and cheating. It would have been all to easy to make a small script that via TOR would have voted 4000 times with different names and ip addresses on my entry.

        But since all of this is “just for fun” I really don’t care too much. I just hope that the winner make good use of his selected prize…..

      • Amnobis Mobitar says:

        I think it would have been fairer if only other competitors could vote for the reader’s. It’s easy to register on the forum just to vote, so I think enforcing forum register is not strong enough. Also It’s a bit sad that the most important voting category this year was indeed a popularity contest, with not to do with the criteria stated at the begin of the contest.

      • Ian says:

        I’m sorry you were disappointed by the approach. I’ll definitely consider your suggestions if we every do something like this again.

      • Nick Johnson says:

        If you’re in the mood for constructive criticism, my input:

        – I don’t think Reader’s Choice was a bad idea, but when there’s few enough votes that a small group of legitimate voters (eg, a uni class) are enough to swing the vote, it’s going to be very prone to bias – less about the project, and more about who made it. That’s always going to be the case, but it’s more noticeable when the number of votes is small.
        – I think the choice of the grand prize should have been left up to judges, not readers.
        – I really would have liked to see more stratification in the prize levels. I realise one of the motivations was probably not to string out the process of giving out prizes too much, but I honestly think 15 first place winners is too many. It would have been much preferable if the judges had divided into categories with much more granularity.
        – A short blurb from each judge about what they liked about this year’s entries, which entries particularly impressed them, what they thought was particularly novel, and so forth, would have been awesome.

        All that said, thank you for running an awesome and inspirational contest. I’ve learned a lot both from building my own entry and reading about others’, so what more could I really ask for?

      • Tom Price says:

        It is great to see student entries IMO especially from outside Europe and the USA – hearty congratulations to the winners!

        In future I think it would be nice to have a separate student prize category mainly to stimulate entries from students but perhaps it might also help sidestep some of the classroom voting issues.

        Thanks also to the anonymous judges on the forum.

  106. Umair Mukati says:

    Voting have already been ended. It would have no worth I think.

  107. I vote for “Build your own FPGA” !!!! it rocks

  108. SHOAIB SHAHID says:

    I vote for the 7400 Logic Based Calculator

  109. Naveed says:

    voting has ended , i guess :-p

  110. zaheer arain says:

    I vote for 7400 LOGIC BASED CALCULATOR

  111. suman kumar says:

    I vote for circuit based on Cryptography.

  112. Preetham says:

    Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates is the best among all these projects.I would definitely vote for it.

  113. Bharat Joshi says:

    I vote for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  114. Punith Salian says:

    ‘Data Encryption and Decryption’ using 74xx logic gates would be a good one. I vote for it….

  115. Sudharshan H says:

    I vote for Data encryption and decryption system using 74xx logic gates.

  116. Niveditha says:

    I vote for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

  117. Knight says:

    I vote for Passive RFID Tag

  118. shashi shankar says:

    I vote for ‘Data Encryption and Decryption System using 74xx logic chips’

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