Quadcopters take top prize in STM MEMS iNEMO contest

July 7, 2011 — A quadcopter designed by "Team McGill," students at McGill University, won the iNEMO Design Contest, hosted by STMicroelectronics (STM) and Digi-Key. Team McGill used the iNEMO evaluation board and 9 embedded degrees of freedom for their winning quad-copter design. The second place finisher, Stanford University’s team, also designed a quadcopter.

Each project in the contest incorporates an iNEMO Inertial Measurement Unit and was judged on the number of degrees of freedom (DoF) used (the MEMS device enables 10), hardware and firmware/software quality, the design’s novelty, its use of daughter boards, ease of use, and appeal of its user interface.

ST’s iNEMO offers 9-axis MEMS sensing of linear, angular, and magnetic motion, along with pressure and temperature sensing, managed by the STM32 32-bit microcontroller. Digi-Key stocks iNEMO on its US and Canadian websites.

Team McGill will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip, including airfare and accommodations for three nights, to Europe to visit the ST iNEMO Development Labs in Catania, Sicily, Italy. For their second-place efforts, Team Stanford received a $2,500 cash prize.

STMicroelectronics provides semiconductors for multimedia convergence and power applications. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com

Digi-Key Corporation is an Internet-based distributor of electronic components. Learn more at www.digikey.com.

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