We’ve teamed up with MikroeElektronika to issue a challenge to all hardware designers out there.
Before September 18th, design and submit an innovative mikroBUS™ add-on board. If your project rises above the competition, your board will be manufactured and marketed – it will join the Most Excellent Order of MikroElektronika click™ boards. And you, the champion, will be showered with $6500+ worth of prizes from Upverter and MikroElektronika.
New To Click Boards ?
click™ boards are add-on boards with a standardized mikroBUS™ pinout that make hardware prototyping as elegant as it gets. Each board carries a single sensor, transceiver, display, encoder, connection port or any other sort of chip or module. There are currently more than 130 of them.
From the idea to the final touch, here are things you should consider:
1. Idea: Will your board be useful to end-users? What’s it for? What’s the short term and long term market availability and price of the BOM? Is there a novelty factor to your design and the technology it’s based on?
2. Design: Is the main chip or module used to its full potential? How functional is the layout? (for example, if the click board has a pushbutton on it — is it placed on the optimal position? Did you do your best with routing the board? Did you follow the guidelines of the particular chip or module’s producer?
(the complexity of the design comes to play here)
3. Final Touch: Did you come up with a cool name? Silkscreen illustrations?
Shape of the PCB?
First, register astarter Trial account on Upverter (takes less than a minute). Then, to make sure your design conforms with mikroBUS™ specifications, fork one of following templates (NOTE: don’t call your board a “click”, that’s reserved for the winner):
There are three sizes you can work with:Small,Medium & Large. To better understand all the possibilities and constraints of mikroBUS™ download the official spec document: HERE.
1. 5x winning click™ board and a special commemorative plaque for bragging rights, and the winning design gets manufactured and marketed.
2. A one year Upverter Standard account (valued at $499/month)
3. mikroC, mikroBasic or mikroPascal compiler license of choice
4. “Easy” board of choice
5. clicker 2 board of choice
6. Arduino UNO click shield, Pi 2 click™ shield, mikroBUS™ cape
7. An hour of hardware design consulting with Upverter engineers via phone/Skype
1. mikroC, mikroBasic or mikroPascal compiler license of choice
2. “Easy” board for architecture of choice
3. A Design review from Upverter engineers
4. An hour of hardware design consulting over phone/skype
1. mikroC, mikroBasic or mikroPascal compiler license of choice
2. clicker 2 board for architecture of choice
3. An hour of hardware design
4. consulting with Upverter engineers via phone/Skype
Submitting Your Design
Remember — only one mikroBUS™ add-on board from this competition
will become a click™ board. To increase your chances, you can submit
as many designs as you like. Terms and conditions apply.
Send all submission through the official contest portal –>HERE
Engineers working with differential pairs, high-speed busses, and tight component spacings need help from their tools to meet precise signal timing and spacing requirements.
Today we’re excited to introduce the Constraints Manager and assisted length-matching. You can now create custom and highly specific design rules to catch errors in real-time. Assisted length matching automatically helps you create serpentine patterns.
Over the last few months we’ve received a lot of amazing feedback from our customers about their daily workflow in Upverter. We’ve listened closely and are excited to announce a few big enhancements to help you seamlessly manage parts and designs!
Starting today, every user and team will have their own, private, personal Parts Library. This Library is yours and yours alone. You can get a great head start by adding components to your Library from Upverter’s large central Database. In fact, this happens automatically as you add parts to your schematic. How does all of this help you? You now have full control over your parts. You can edit them as you wish without impacting other users or being impacted by them. If a part is corrected in the central Database, you’ll receive a notification and can choose to accept the change into your library or not. This is especially useful to users who are very particular about how they style their schematic symbols.
Learn more details about using your personal Parts Library.
Today we’ve also enabled Contexts. Many users work on designs as part of a team and/or individually. The Contexts feature makes it easy to choose where you want to work. You can switch to your team context to access all your team designs and your team parts library. Similarly, you can switch back to your personal context to do personal work. Your context is always displayed so it’s very clear where you’re working at all times. This helps you stay organized.
We’re really grateful for the incredible feedback you keep sending us. We carefully consider every email and live chat message, and continually strive to help you design hardware faster and with higher quality.
You may have also heard all the fuss recently about Google’s Mobilegeddon…
Well, we’re excited to announce that Upverter is now mobile-friendly! Your Dashboard, Project Pages, Parts Library and more are all accessible and responsive on your phone and tablet.
You can now cross-probe between the schematic and layout editors! Laying out a component and want to quickly find it on the schematic? Just select its footprint and toggle over to the schematic editor. It also works with traces & nets! If you would only like to see a specific rats nest line (air wire), just select the net on the schematic and jump over to the layout.
Give it a try and let us know how you like it. You can find out more about Upverter tools on our tools page.
We have some good news we’ve been sitting on for a little while we thought we might share with you today.
From September to December, we went on a major feature push, rounding out the set of functionality our most demanding users needed. In case you missed them, here’s a sample of what we released this fall:
Code doesn’t write itself*, so we’ve had to reinforce our team to keep up with the demand for development. Here’s us looking casual on a beautiful November afternoon in Toronto:
*When code begins to write itself, we send Steve to bed.
In 2014, we underwent a transition from serving a more hobbyist-centric group to an industrial-grade tool professional engineers want to use: we built hundreds of new features and developed a robust infrastructure to make sure we could deliver. We started to win enterprise trials and our users began to spread the word in earnest.
We have ambitious goals for 2015. We think there’s a huge contribution we can make to the management of engineering data. We think our sales team has everything they need to bring enterprise clients onboard even faster.
Just to reiterate where we are trying to end up: engineers continue to get worse at designing physical things as those things continue to get more and more complex; the tools are holding us back. There is going to be a disruption to the way professional engineers work together. There is going to be a massive public repository for libraries, modules, reference designs, layouts, etc. There will be a design community. And finally a cloud based design tool. A platform that combines collaboration, data-sharing, and cloud design – amplified through the network effects of a community, is not only incredibly necessary, but inevitable.
And we’re determined to make Upverter that platform. By building the best experience we know how, by continuing to innovate for a diverse market, and by earning the trust of our fellow engineers.