Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday 2021 Electronics Deals

I haven't found as many Black Friday promotions this year for electronics - probably due to the ongoing supply chain issues.  If you see a good deal that is not in the list, please leave a comment.

Adafruit has a code for 15% off all weekend here.  It's also Feather Friday which means 20% off all Feather (mainboards) and wing (daughterboards) with the code shown in the site header today.

Parts Express (audio components) has 10% of sitewide.

Pololu Robotics & Electronics Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on select products are here.

RobotShop has a sale on some items until November 30 here.

Jameco Electronics has free shipping with a code on all orders.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Xilinx Adaptive Computing Challenge 2021 at

The 2021 Adaptive Computing Challenge at will reward top Xilinx development projects up to $10,000 (prizes are all Visa gift cards).   You can apply for free hardware to compete in the contest until October 15, 2021.  Final submissions are due February 28, 2022.  The Xilinx University Program is sponsoring an additional $2500 prize for college students.

There are three main categories in the contest: Edge Computing, Data Center AI and Big Data Analytics.  The edge computing requires a solution running on the Xilinx Kria KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit.  Data center AI must use the Xilinx VCK5000 development card.  Big data analytics requires the Xilinx Big Data Analytics card (not much information on this board).

The Kria KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit is listed at $199 but currently out of stock at most distributors.  It is meant for vision application development for Edge computing.  It has multiple camera interfaces including support for the Raspberry Pi camera module.  Multiple cameras are supported by using additional interfaces such as IAS or USB.  A power supply is also required.  One is also included in the  basic accessory pack which also includes a 13MP camera module, available from Xilinx for $59.

KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit with Basic Accessory Pack