Design Contest

Important Dates

โœ“ Idea Submission:
Closed ๐Ÿ“…
โœ“ Acceptance Notification:
โœ“ Kit distribution:
closed ๐Ÿ“…
โœ“ Idea Presentation & Demo:
Jan 10, 2023 ๐Ÿ“…

โœ“ Idea Submission: Closedย ๐Ÿ“…
โœ“ Acceptance Notification: Closedย ๐Ÿ“…
โœ“ Kit distribution: Closedย ๐Ÿ“…
โœ“ Idea Presentation & Demo: Jan 10, 2023 ๐Ÿ“…

FAQs for accepted submissions

Design Contest - Process

The 36th International Conference on VLSI Design and the 22nd International Conference on Embedded systems is holding the International Design Contest to provide a platform to showcase semiconductors driving disruptive innovations in global digitalization.

Theme of the Contest

The theme of the Design Contest is Hardware and Embedded software co-design with hardware acceleration in an SoC FPGA. You will be showcasing design approaches and system solutions in the areas/domains of AI/ML, IoT, Factory & Industrial Automation, Automotive, Medical, Environment & Clean Energy

Hardware Platform

The hardware platform will be Microchip Technologyโ€™s RISC-V based PolarFireยฎ SoC Icicle Kit. For details on the kit, please refer to the following external links:

PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit Hardware Kit:

Stage-1 : Idea Submission

  • Your idea submission should cover a description of the idea along with a block diagram of your idea
  • Examples of itโ€™s application
  • Benefits and value addition of your solution
  • Your team description along with your contact information with mailing address

ย Steps for the submission

  • Download template available on the Conference website.
  • Fill all required details with minimum font size: 10pt, Times New Roman font. Max two pages including tables, diagram, references (if any).
  • Convert it to pdf format.

Submit the pdf using the weblink available on Conference website.

Following the first round of screening, 5 teams will be shortlisted to convert their ideas into application solution using the PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit. Hardware kits will be shipped to the selected teams.

Stage-2 : Implementation

  • Implementation should be on the Microchip Technology PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit provided.
  • Experts from Conference team will guide and mentor during this 2 months of implementation.


  • Top 5 ranked design ideas will get a chance to present their designs in the Conference.
  • Top 3 innovative designs will be considered for exciting awards

For questions contact: [email protected]

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