Xilinx's 11th Annual OpenHW Design Contest and Professor Conference was held in Singapore for the first time. Over 200 students, professors and industry experts participated in the conference. Ten final teams from universities in China, Taiwan and Singapore competed for the prestigious "OpenHW 2017 and Embedded Computing Contest" award, demonstrating their designs in applications such as robotics, drones, wireless communication and cloud computing.
The event highlighted advantages of Xilinx All Programmable technology in Singapore's Smart Cities and Smart Campus initiatives. The Xilinx University Program (XUP)-led contest and conference was jointly organised with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and supported by EDB. It focused on promoting Xilinx-based open hardware platform design.
"Everything is smarter and connected in the future. Xilinx's All Programmable product and technology have been broadly deployed in the core of many intelligent systems, which is driving the future smarter world from megatrends to mega deployment," said Vincent Tong, Executive Vice President of Xilinx. "Many smart ideas are powered by Xilinx's All Programmable technologies, we believe our technologies contribute toward the strong building blocks of Singapore and the whole Asia Pacific region's Smart Cities and Smart Campus initiatives."
"The emergence of new applications in areas such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, has generated demand for electronics that are smarter, faster, and more power efficient," said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). "Singapore, with its comprehensive electronics ecosystem, is well-positioned to drive innovation for the next generation of products. We are very pleased to welcome the OpenHW Contest and look forward to a new wave of innovative hardware originating from Singapore."