Press Release for Thursday, March 13, 2008

UNF Finalist in Freescale Technology Design Challenge

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

A University of North Florida student engineering team was recently listed among the top 10 finalists in the Freescale Technology Forum Design Challenge and was the only university selected in the United States.
The Freescale Technology Forum Design Challenge is the first green engineering design contest held by Freescale Semiconductor. The finalists will strive to develop the next generation of sustainable embedded systems based on Freescale's energy-efficient technologies and easy-to-design-with development tools.

“Freescale is a worldwide manufacturer of semiconductors found in many of the products we use everyday. To have them recognize one of our student design teams from among the 65 teams competing from universities and companies around the world is quite an honor for our students and for the UNF School of Engineering,” said Dr. Stephan Nix, director of UNF’s School of Engineering.

The UNF team is comprised of senior electrical engineering students Kelvin LeBeaux, an Intracoastal resident, Dangkhoa Ly, a Westside resident, and Southside resident Harold Lugo. Dr. Chiu Choi, a UNF electrical engineering professor, is the faculty advisor for the student team. He evaluated the team’s project proposal and provided technical advice.

The student engineering team’s design is a gas-saving water injection fuel controller, which tricks a vehicle into using less fuel. This device is protected under U.S. patents and copyrights and is the first of its kind.

“I have full confidence that our team's prototype will have a good showing at the competition, said LeBeaux. “It combines a great concept with Freescale's cutting-edge microprocessor modules. The team is working hard to bring the title to UNF.”

Freescale selected 10 finalists from a field of 65 participants, consisting of embedded systems developers and engineering students representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. Each submission was judged on creativity, design efficiency, technical complexity, number of Freescale devices used, and overall application innovation to improve the environment.

Each of the 10 finalists received a $1,000 award, a professional CodeWarrior(R) development platform and a video camera to capture their design building experience. Finalists will submit prototypes for the Freescale Technology Forum Americas in June to be held in Orlando, where the top five winners will be announced.

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries.