Open 7400 Logic Competition
The Open 7400 Logic Competition brings awareness to open hardware and software, and fosters understanding of the building blocks of modern integrated circuits. What can you build with logic chips?
- 1 Grand Prize: $100 cash*, and a Dangerous Prototypes “Hack Pack” with a Bus Pirate, LCD adapter, probe cable, and jumper wires
- 2 “Hack Packs”, 3 XC2C64A and XC9572XL CPLD development boards from Dangerous Prorotypes
- Grove kits and PCB production to put in the free PCB drawer from Seeed Studio
- 3 Atmega development kits from Protostack
- 5 dual output breadboard power supplies from TAUTIC ELECTRONICS LLC
- 2 each Zigduino and 16 ch driver shields from Logos Electromechanical LLC
- BeagleBoard plus a Trainer, Flyswatter JTAG debugger, DSO Nano V2 and aDigital Soldering Station from Tincantools
- CP2103 serial to USB adapter with GPIO, TMP275 Digital Temperature Sensor and MPL115A2 pressure sensor breakout from YourITronics
- 1 Amani GT CPLD shield and 2 Amani 64 CPLD shields from Amani64
- An Arcade MegaWing with a Papilio One 500K from the Gadget Factory
- An Arduino Starter Kit and a MegaMini2560 from JKdevices
- A microtouch AVR development board from Adafruit Industries
- XuLA-200 board with a VGA interface board from Xess
- A Boe-Bot Robot Kit and 2 BASIC Stamp Activity Kits from Parrallax
- 2 EZ430-F2013 USB Stick Development tools and 1 EZ430-2500 Wireless Development tool from 43Oh
- 3 IR Jammer kits from Alan’s Electronic Projects
- A DE0-Nano FPGA development kit from Terasic
- 2 prize packages from Freetronics first one containing: EtherTen, LCD & Keypad Shield and Terminal Shield. and the second package: USBDroid, LCD & Keypad Shield and Protoshield Pro.
- uOLED-32028-P1T graphics display module + P1-EB expansion module + uDrive-USB-G1 SD module + uUSB-CE5 module + 64MB microSD card + adapter and a mass of electronics related books from Electronics-lab.com
- Farnell prizes are a flux syringe and a springy metal soldering iron cleaner
More prizes are being added as we find new sponsors. If you’d like to sponsor the contest, please drop us a note via the contact form.
Entries will be judged for:
- Originality. A smart new design that inspires
- Documentation. Schematics, theory, pictures and/or video
- (Mis)use of 7400 logic. Show us what 7400 logic was (never) meant to do
- Technical prowess
- Build quality
- Imagination and creativity
- Any electronic circuit can be entered, but judges will favor designs where discrete logic chips are a major component. All discrete logic families are acceptable, including 7400, 4000, etc.
- Original entries will score you the most points. Please don’t copy existing designs from the internet.
- Submit as many projects as you want, but please submit each separately.
- Good documentation is a must. Use a video, pictures, schematics, etc to document the project and show it in action.
- Project files must be released under an open source license. Closed source software or hardware is allowed, but the design of the logic portion should be fully disclosed and redistributable.
- We want to show off your project, and other websites will too. You agree to allow any part of your submission to be republished here and at other media outlets.
- All rules, categories and decisions are subject to change at any time. We’ll do our best to let you know about any changes and why they were made.
- Entries must be received by October 21, 2011, 6AM GMT. Winners will be announced on this webpage by November 1, 2011. See the list of winners.
We want everyone to have fun, and nobody to get sued. Welcome to the legal section.
- Void where prohibited. The competition is open to world wide participants, unless your local laws say otherwise. We aren’t lawyers, so you need to determine any restrictions on your own, before entering. If you win a prize and can’t collect it, you will need to work it out on your own.
- Pay your own taxes. If you win a prize and taxes or import duties are due, you will need to work it out on your own.
- No purchase necessary for entry. This isn’t a lottery.
- Permission to use your entry. We need to post your entry on the blog. By entering the contest the entrant(s) consent to have all submitted material related to the contest used without notification. Likely uses are promoting the contest and open hardware, and advertising for competition sponsors.
- Judging. Our judges’ decision is final.
- Legal paranoia. Entries that violate local, Federal, or international law may be disqualified.
- Rules may change. If the rules do change we will publish the changes as quickly as possible.
Illustrations by Svenw1980
Rules and legal inspiration taken from the awesome 555 Contest.
*Cash prize paid by PayPal or money order. If the winner is unable to receive it, or there’s a legal problem with a cash prize, we’ll donate the money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the winner’s name.