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Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?

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The 9.9 version of the XMOS Development Tools is now available:


It is VITAL that XK-1 users use this release or above as the XK1 is not supported in previous versions.

 As for anyone else - you will probably appreciate some of the cool new features:




XMOS challenge winners are now available!


Hi everyone!

I was curious to know if anyone would be interested in participating in a challenge to make something AWESOME with a new breed of processor which is particularly great for DSP/networking/USB/motor control type applications or more basic things if that is overkill for what you want.

XMOS event driven processors allow you to execute code in parallel which could open up a number of possibilities to evolve your robots "brain" to the next level!

I have some development kits to give away potentially, but before I give away all the details, I just wanted to see if there was any interest before I add to the challenges area or such.

People have made some cool stuff with our tech before (See videos).


Some details of the processor itself which will be on the dev kit (to be released soon):


- Single core device (Although we do have quad core versions - ask me)

- 400 MIPS per core.

- 8 Threads per core.

- 64Kb RAM

- 8KBytes OTP memory for applications, boot code or security keys, with security mode

- 64 user I/O pins

- Support for high performance DSP (32 x 32 → 64bit MAC) and cryptographic functions

- Time aware ports provide up to 10ns timing resolution

- Designs implemented using a software-based design flow (can program in C or XC - very similar to C but with support for extras such as parallel execution)

- Scalable - can connect many kits together for crazy amounts of processing power using Xlinks.


For detailed spec see: http://www.xmos.com/products/xs1-l-family/l1lq128


EDIT: As there has been some interest shown and to save time later - please post below with the following info if you would like to be considered:

1) Project Title

2) Project Description

3) How many Dev Kits you think it may require (eg you may need 2 if you are demonstrating the ability of one robot using image recognition to track another for example)

4) Are you willing to keep a video/photo diary of your progress if we choose you? Please state which/both.


If anyone is interested please feel free to post below with your project ideas (and subscribe to this forum topic for updates so I can contact you nearer the release date) so I can see if there is enough interest. I hope I have posted this in the right place, if not please feel free to move this to the right part of the forum!

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Santatron 3000 won't come until you're asleep...

When you wake up, you'll find presents in your robot building box...

A main brain (xmos processer) equipped with radio, that, when certain conditions are filled, radios instructions to 6 'little 8bots' also equipped with radio.

For example, when the main brain heard sound (music) at a certian level of DB, it would assemble the swarm in rows and columns and have them do synchronized dancing.

If a swarm member (SM) sees light...the xmos brain (XB) would assemble the swarm around the light (possibly theyd have solar panels to charge, then carry the charge back to the XB to charge it)

the XB would be brains and senses, the swarms would be the arms and legs.

eventually, i could upgrade the system to handle more SMs , or perform more tasks, such as find metal objects (TB007 swarm, concept by gareth) or collect small colored beads, or other items.

Kits: 1 if we can use pickaxe 08m s as well as your MCU's, 7 if not. (main braain and 6 slaves)

diary: Both



Just a little teaser of some of the goodies you might expect in the post if you are selected.  Some projects may receive a different kit to this if we feel it is more suitable.Will be posting more details on other kits soon.

3 days to go!

Sitting on your knee.


Unless you pick me of course. 

Its like waiting for christmas.



ho ho ho!

Title: Bottom Mapper

Description: Nothing crude. This devicw would be implanted in a small water craft (a boat, to you) equipped with a bottom-facing sonar and a GPS. The device would control the craft, mapping the depth of the water alongside GPS co-ordinates, taking account of tidal depths. The idea would be to produce a very accurate map of the bottom of a lake to be supplied to divers, etc. looking for interesting wrecks to explore. The end result would be a sort of undersea Google Maps.

Kits: One for development, but they could be linked such that a particular area could be mapped more quickly with more bots. Also, should one of them break down, an extension of this project would allow another to take over AND tow the affected boat back to shore.

Diary: no problem.

Future work: Make it thief-resistant by constantly sending out its position to all similar nearyby craft,allowing it to deliver high voltage shocks to folk who try to move it, and cauing it to make really high pitched extremely loud noises in the hope that the potential thieves ears would bleed.

So is this replacing the Rover Explorer?

Please confirm.

No, I'm making multiple entries to increase the probability of one being chosen. Is that cheating?