AAC is giving away 5 of Maxim Integrated’s ARM mBed development kits and motor driver shields to help with your next design. One grand prize winner will also win a Phantom 3 drone! Take a look at the information below and don't forget to enter the contest. 

The MAX32600MBED provides a convenient platform for evaluating the capabilities of the MAX32600 microcontroller. Maxim’s MAX32600 Cortex M3 microcontroller has a powerful and configurable analog front end (16-bit ADC, dual 12-bit DACs, and more) and lots of I/O options.  The MAX32600MBED board is an Arduino form factor platform board that lets to start prototyping your system in no time using the mbed tools. Visit the MAX32600MBED platform page to get started with development!

Stack our motor driver shield on top to jump into brushed DC motor applications!  The MAXREFDES89#  is an mbed®-compatible, Arduino® form factor shield for the rapid development of brushed DC motor applications. Check out the MAX14871 Shield Library for more detail of interfacing with the supporting hardware of the reference design.


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  1. If possible, be a friend! Like or follow us via the links below. Posting about this giveaway? Be sure to use the hashtag #MakeWithMaxim
  2. You’re creative! Leave a comment below and tell us how you’re going to use these boards.
  3. Submit Form & Wait. Click the button below and wait until October 23, 2016 for a winner to be chosen.
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  • ka2tki 2016-09-08

    Learning high power systems for distribution and getting more knowledge on ac theory and digital circuits for advancing my amature radio license.

  • astoonblue 2016-09-09

    I have always love to play with all these things. They are sooo COOL and fun smile You get to play and learn from it.

  • raviurao 2016-09-09

    Will be used to develop a neighborhood security watch with a remote alarm system.

  • Pavan rochester 2016-09-10

    I am member of kryptos I made app development team.I use the board for the development of new apps

  • krpr 2016-09-10

    I have started building a 4wd smart robot car with Arduino. I’m still in a learning stage. But it would be helpful for me to explore further with this kind of things with more practical knowledge by debugging issues which adds to my learning experience.

  • idrmz 2016-09-11

    Learning high power systems for distribution and getting more knowledge on ac theory and digital circuits for advancing my amature radio license

  • Mpale 2016-09-11

    it will be used in a project to monitor attendance at the school auditorium.  since each student and lecturers have school id they can use them to register for attendance at the auditorium door using the barcode reader connected to the MAX32600MBED board and the camera will be used to capture the face of the attendant.

  • tarnalcock 2016-09-12

    To learn more about motor driven circuits and the like in the hopes of someday building my own quad. As well as various other motor driven appliances (3d printer, circuit etcher) etc.

  • glen19 2016-09-12

    the kit will be used for a new approach to balance

  • dslul 2016-09-13

    I want to try to use it to develop a small robot that works as personal assistant (using software like mycroft)

  • Shalvin Prakash 2016-09-13

    they are usefull in my project

  • free2liveb4u 2016-09-13

    Designing a school security surveillance system to prevent intruders from settling in Land belonging to the school community, so this board will be a huge breakthrough or will i say a gold mine because the whole project now becomes more of programming than circuitry

  • aze.Free 2016-09-13

    this Forum is teach how to develop the grand projects
    good and Nice Forum

  • suhas.rx100 2016-09-13

    It will surely increase my knowledge and experience is truly unique. I’m going to learn lot of new things with mBed and enjoy a lot with the drone for sure wink

  • firmware 2016-09-13

    Main hub (maybe worn on belt) for array of wearables sensors.

  • Lyndsey 2016-09-13

    I would use this to advance my personal knowledge of motor control, by working with it on several projects. I also plan to advocate its use to my competitive robotics team.

  • smmking1d 2016-09-14

    I want to use this o advance my knowledge in general. Need to keep learning more.

  • rohanv 2016-09-14

    started using arduinos couple of weeks ago, this will allow me to learn more about robots, and allow me to build my own.

  • clinton rixile 2016-09-14

    i would use them to advance my home built drone am busy working on

  • Jim Belesiu 2016-09-14

    Looking to build a custom flight controller for a long duration UAV.  The DC motor controller would be for controlling the variable swept wing and for the DC prop motor.  Other functions include solar cell management and servo control of the camera gimbals.

  • ted_rmsdt 2016-09-14

    Would love to use this platform in my graduate studies in control engineering and help some friends with farm land surveying!

  • Norbi72 2016-09-14

    I want to build a 4 axis robot to test my skills

  • szabraham 2016-09-14

    Will be used for my automated plant grow, care system, wich has pumps, dc motors and solenoids to control and needs 12-16 bit ADC for taking in soil moisture, temperature, humidity and other enviromental sensor data.

  • kimmoli 2016-09-14

    I have a project ongoing which i need to design my own CPU board and motor control for some linear actuators. I have never used a Maxim CPU before, but i would like to. I’m not fan of atmel due some “personal reasons”
    I need also few analog voltage outputs to control the drive motors, pulse inputs etc.

    and ofc the drone will be used for watching this bigger girl at work smile

    stage of project some time ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_c23dsYWsM

  • halfmann 2016-09-15

    Here’s my project idea:

    I would like to automate my model railway with a stand-alone controller. Therefore no expensive PC with an everlasting boot-sequence would be necessary to automatically switch points and signals, to set routes, and to monitor the movements of trains.

    Nevertheless a connection to a PC would be possible via Ethernet or USB with that powerful ARM processor in the MAX32600MBED. The operator of the PC could observe all current and previous movements and give commands. The whole system would be very close to a real interlocking system.

    The MAXREFDES89 would be an ideal starting point to operate my somehow oldfashioned analogue trains wich are equipped with brushed DC motors.

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  • vinaysadhwani001 2016-09-15

    i am going to learn this and will try to create something new out of this
    which will be useful in my field .

  • zanderbz 2016-09-15

    I’m a 38 year old who decided to go back to school to get an Electrical Engineering degree.  I’m finally in my second to last semester and excited to learn even more.  I would use this drone to explore applications in Precison Agriculture to help farmers grow crops more efficiently!

  • umeshdeshmukh2024 2016-09-16

    ARM mcu + Motor driver board will be great for learning and implementing control system concepts learned in textbooks, with enough experimenting with these I will like to make inverted pedulum.

  • Roomman Israili 2016-09-16

    I will use it to make a 3d printer, not the actual one(of course), but a working model.

  • SiddharthSavant 2016-09-16

    with four motor driver maybe i will try building drone or IOT based transport system at warehouse.

  • Ed.flynn 2016-09-16

    Wonderful to explore the best in tech. My curiosity always leads me to understand the latest available electronics platforms.

  • smokeyjoe859 2016-09-16

    Design an az-el antenna rotator for amateur radio communication satellites.

  • ShortedFuse 2016-09-16

    Us it to start/stop time base motion detect for my Go-pro camera

  • nusquam 2016-09-16

    Use it to control a Gigapan-like camera mount

  • trimbitassorin 2016-09-16

    Garden automation is what i’ll use it for :D

  • jimoconnell 2016-09-16

    This package would be a wonderful addition to the Hacker/Maker Space I’m involved with!
    We have a small group of people, (age 9 to ~70,) working together to learn coding and interfacing with the real world in creative and innovative ways.

  • JimK 2016-09-16

    Not a clue but it will be great!

  • Elcio Navas 2016-09-16

    I will use as a tool to teach children principles of programming and operating drone

  • justin_c 2016-09-16

    I would like to see what I can do with it

  • machinejack 2016-09-16

    I’m a retired tool and die maker. One of my many hobbies is electronics though greatly different now than in my early ham radio days. I’m working with a Raspberry pi to interface my Lionel model train layout automating signals and switches. Not so much into robotics but I am eager to learn all I can about things.

  • techdcs 2016-09-17

    I intend to use this to develop an Automobile Aid for drivers.

  • karlharfouche1 2016-09-17

    i’m exited for the drone but before all I really need the mBed for developing my project smile

  • cycler 2016-09-17

    I am going to use them to have fun of course…
    Tinkering and experimenting is the best way to spend a weekend.

  • epajfl 2016-09-17

    the kit will allow me to be creative

  • cycler 2016-09-17

    I am going to use them to have fun of course…
    Tinkering and experimenting is the best way to spend a weekend.

  • dsyd14 2016-09-18

    Since being a DIY inspired and interested in Electronics, I’ll be going to use this to learn more and upgrade my Projects beyond Arduino. Since its damn too good and powerful than Arduino, than I don’t think I need to think in expanding my project scope.
    If i get it, then my Current project would be to add it in my Robot for Robowar and its Motor Shield will do wonders for me for brushed motors.

  • monkeysass_half 2016-09-18

    My colleague Pinchester (Pinky) and I intend to use this device to achieve world domination from the safety of my err… OUR basement laboratory. Hand it over now and you will be considered for leniency when the time of judgement is nigh!

  • pryan 2016-09-18

    I am a high school teacher at the Mercer County Career Center in Mercer Pa.  I have been teaching Electronics Technology for 32 years to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Using New technology and the ability to have fun learning electronics is what I try to do each day within my class. I would use the boards to introduce this type of technology to my students. Thank You for the chance to use your technology within my teaching and class.

    Paul F. Ryan
    Mercer County Career Center
    776 Mercer Greenville Rd
    Mercer, PA 16137
    (724) 662-3000

  • ventura 2016-09-19

    Hopefully the answer to a prototype 4-axis pick and place packaging robot, the interest is in the 25% ripple and how that affects the FWD and STOP constant dramatics.

  • Prateek18 2016-09-19

    I am currently an undergrad student in ECE and I have worked on many embedded systems projects, one of which I am currently working is a drone. So getting this drone or the Maxim embedded board can really help me to tinker with it.

  • vabbes 2016-09-19

    It will be used in my education of future air craft mechanics in the Royal Danish Air Force.

  • quadspeed 2016-09-19

    hi there this could be a solution to my 1:1 scale motor circuit for my astromech droid

  • I’ve been wanting to build a control system / robotic hand for ages and using this dev kit would make so many of the problems merely challenges.

  • Glenn Kessler 2016-09-20

    Hovering decorative lighting

  • LPT2 2016-09-20

    I can not bridge the psychological barrier and start to program real-time systems such as motor control and powerful converters. I hope that the system MAX32600MBED will be very helpful in this and not just be…

  • henrik 2016-09-21

    good opportunity to jump from the old 8051 world to a new.

  • NAND_Hate 2016-09-21

    I help run an electronics beginners class and one of these would make a super base board for a glass cleaning robot that uses suction to hold itself on vertical surfaces.
    I’m afraid I’m a non social media type; but if I start using it I’ll use the #MakeWithMaxim hashtag.
    Happy hacking to all, and good luck everybody!

  • Muzammal Baig 2016-09-22

    I don’t have a facebook account and I will not have one. Even at the cost of missing out the giveaway

  • jantoniraj 2016-09-22

    New to these boards. Will have to learn on how to use them

  • jantoniraj 2016-09-22

    I can not enter the Giveaway. It always says “Profile Information Required…
    It looks like you haven’t filled out your profile yet! We need you to fill out your AAC profile before you can enter this giveaway.” even though I have filled out the required profile information

  • Gbeck1982 2016-09-22

    I Have just started getting to robotics, my 14 year old daughter is in robotics at her middle school, she had a project to build a wind turbine. The project took three months to complete, but it was well worth it her club got first place locally and ranked 4th in the south eastern division. I really want to get some more projects for the kids and myself to bond over.

  • trimbitassorin 2016-09-23

    I would build an automated security platform :D

  • rayrv9a 2016-09-23

    The MAX32600MBED and MAXREFDES89# will be perfect for a robotic grocery cart project I am working on. I hope I am lucky enough to win the contest!

  • msousa 2016-09-23

    Work on stabilization of video from moving camera platform, possibly smoothing or maybe even removing frame motion. This would be helpful in real-time security, agricultural, search & rescue surveillance.

  • Andrew J Burke 2016-09-23

    Looking to prototype a new heart rate monitor, health tracker using the AFE, display and wireless peripherals. I’ve been wanting to try out the mbed platform, looks like a great dev kit.

  • JefferyS50 2016-09-23

    I want a drone to be honest smile

  • Mark Shearin 2016-09-23

    Would love to use these boards to control a BLDC motor to be used in an RC car - just for fun!

  • epictetus 2016-09-23

    Looking at autonomous drone experimentation.

  • KoolBreeze420 2016-09-23

    I am not sure what I would use it for just yet I have just signed up for an electronics course, I am a PC hardware Technician and I want to expand my knowledge and create a hobby. My wife passed away last Nov. and I am spreading my wings into hobbies and so I chose electronics please let me win.

  • Fishbone4u 2016-09-23

    I watch the Ben Heck Show religiously and am so jealous of his knowledge.  I want to get a better understanding of an Arduino and continue to create targets and devices for my remote control hobby but since I use a power wheelchair…create things for the disabled community as well.

  • dorbell_engineer 2016-09-24

    monitoring weather sistem in an IoT project. Learning end training how to use a drone!!

  • Xenophon 2016-09-25

    I was thinking next summer I might like to build a quadcopter and see what all features I could include.

  • JuanTelo 2016-09-25

    Want to study the possibilities of using the technology of drones in hospitals, such as using them as transportation or patient’s security.

  • Billwall 2016-09-25

    Learning / research about small autonomous aircraft

  • xndevil 2016-09-26

    Going to use it for my Final Year Project to develop some systems, not really sure what to do yet, but will learn more and try harder ~

  • I want to learn how to use it at first, then i will find an interesting project to work on…

  • SimonS 2016-09-26

    I would probably used it in my next drone build. But as an amateur nature photographer i would be totally excited in winning the DJI Phantom 3 drone, because that would open me whole new way of capturing our glorious nature from the sky. I have liked Maxim Integrated on Facebook and also followed on Twitter and also shared here: https://twitter.com/sajmon8/status/780452594217091072 . Thanks for this great opportunity.

  • CommonFreak 2016-09-27

    I have an Arduino, so it would certainly be a great addition.
    Also, I would probably build a remote controlled car, since I have never done that before and expanding with my RGB LCD shield would make for a nice contraption.
    And last but not least, I always wanted to buy a drone, but I never got around to do so.

  • kjb 2016-09-27

    As a teacher of Robotics and Mechatronics and also supporting kids in the local Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge competitions, I am interested in how they use Arduino in project design. I may not be the creative one, but my school kids are always keen to make something new.

  • kjb 2016-09-27

    As a teacher of Robotics and Mechatronics and also supporting kids in the local Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge competitions, I am interested in how they use Arduino in project design. I may not be the creative one, but my school kids are always keen to make something new.

  • simlastik 2016-09-28

    I want to use it for my greenhouse IoT.

  • dheerajsinghal01 2016-09-28

    I am thinking of making a Ball balancing robot as the MAX32600 microcontroller has lot of IO pins and 16 Bit ADC and this board can be a ideal platform to build such robotic platform

  • schol 2016-09-28

    Whack a mole game for kid

  • klyde 2016-09-29

    Currently part of the school’s robotics team. This will definitely be used in one of out AUVs, UAVs or Rovers

  • AdityaD91 2016-09-29

    I would like to start learning about the amazing embedded and drone world with this embedded development kit. Looks fun and curious !!!  smile

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  • forrestlaw 2016-09-29

    I would definitely use it to create something new that i never have.Being an engineer its my passion as well as responsibilty.

  • CharlesKerr 2016-09-30

    I have been toying with the idea of building a ROV to measure the density of vegetation within a predefined area to calculate the available food for dairy cows. The MAX32600MBED combined with a MAXREFDES89# to drive the ROV and do back scatter measurements with a radar module should get me on my way. Thanks

  • JSDominique 2016-09-30

    Building autonomous drones for search and rescue purposes.

  • jsrossie 2016-09-30

    Use in my wife’s middle school robotics club

  • jsrossie 2016-09-30

    Use in my wife’s middle school robotics club

  • fftomcat 2016-09-30

    Dang, don’t get to enter.
    I absolutely will not do/join any type (well almost any) of social media (I have email, phone, writing utensils).
    I am an electrical engineer just not nerdy enough.
    I truly hate social media it keeps me from entering cool giveaways like this. Oh well, back to work.

    • grayed 2016-10-14

      What’s the issue with “Liking” the Maxim page?  Did I just do something dangerous?

  • Huskygummyworms 2016-09-30

    I’m going to make a remote weather station, that will be uploaded to my website(Along with a couple other tools).

  • mdmedlin 2016-09-30

    I would use this to develop robots that can assist others with limited mobility

  • Rex Harris 2016-09-30

    Have never used a Maxim ucontroller before, would like to test drive.  Motor control is is nice to know.  Thanks!!

  • Michael Sanders 2016-09-30

    I’m working on a prototype small package robot, that will crawl a culvert (long) and search for cracks, and other damage.  I need to be able to do linear independent movement, plus be able to move a camera arm in 3 directions. There may also be some additional sensors (temperature, pressure, altitude), so need some processing power.

  • kfonda 2016-09-30

    I’m interested in learning more about controlling DC motors and also would like to get more involved with ARM processors.

  • fernandobelissimo 2016-09-30

    I have some ideas about augmented reality and this kit came in handy!!!

  • Alexandre_avila 2016-09-30

    My interest is to define an architecture for developing embedded systems in mass transit vehicles automation segment as buses and trains. I am considering is board for this application.