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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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 make sure it takes pictures when someone picks it up or you may never know who stole it ;)
Yes, the first release would be purely a technology project. Subsequent versions may be made vandal proof, but supplying a potential thief with 20KV in his ass doesn't really require an XMOS processor.
lol! that is a good point!

Cool job!

Sounds like a fun project! People who are chosen for the XMOS challenge will be announced around the beginning of September. Once we have everyones addresses etc we will send all the kits out to the chosen people.


To wallpaper my bathroom with reciepts from my wifes soft furnishing habit, only one patch left above the sink. 

I mentioned it earleir but I would like to make tutorials for at least 3 chips (picaxe, arduino and possibly xmos). All chips would have the same tutorials that start with blinking LED and work up to a robot (one that avoids hitting walls, line follower or something). That way if someone is trying to decide which chip to get they can see how they compare code wise. Also help someone learn a new chip.

To be completely transparent it likely wont get going for a few months. I close on a house Friday and start back to school today for yet another degree... I'm trying to wallpaper the bathroom with them.

Thanks for explaining, this could actually be quite useful for everyone, and to have a few standard projects that you feel are useful to understand how to use all of these chips. Good idea!

Good luck wallpapering your bathroom with your degree certificates! What is your next one in?

Working on a masters in Computer Science. Thats number 3. 4 will hopefully be a PhD in CS.
Did I ever tell you about my PhD? Artificial Intelligence system to control a refrigeration rig.
Nice :) Very cool! ;)