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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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Ball-e swarm

a swarm of hamster ball robots.

one dev-board, if i can use other MCU's like an ATMega, or Ard. mini.

i'll keep both diaries

I am confused as to what these balls do? How would it differ from say a motor let loose inside the ball so it runs around like a hamster randomly? Or have I missed the point?

the arduino would get signals from the XMos dev board, via radio. it would tell 2 servos how to move, suspended from the servos would be two weights. as the weights move, via the servos, the bal l will be off-balance and rotate to be re-balanced. the ball would roll. the servos would continue to off-balance the weights, and the ball would continue. to stop, it would tilt them in the opposite direction. it would have a sensor, so it would know if it was gonna hit a wall, and it would turn.

the xmos would send out numbers, which the ard. mini would interpret and tell the servos what to do. i'd have 5 or 6 of 'em out at a time, all controlled by the central Xmos. once i build the prototype, in a week or 2, ill post a link


Ok cool, well let me know how your prototype goes :) Makes more sense now! Thanks for clarifying.
Have a job please?

Just kidding.



i am now thinking that a ferret is not really what i want to build so i thought how bout a star wars robot? like the dwarf spider droid

 robot like this one except probably with out the gun

I am sure that will go down well with all the Star Wars fans! I did think a ferret might be a bit complex tbh. This seems pretty cool, however, what novel features does it have apart from the ability to walk on 4 legs? Will it have any sensors on it to help it out? Wireless control maybe via an ipod or something? Just thinking of ideas.

all the cool things ,lcd ,thermal ,ir ,wirless , internet ,parabolic microphone recorder,video ,sonar etc

all the things that are cool, but it will take a while.