Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Design Challenge
Build an original application for 10BASE-T1L SPE for a chance to win fantastic prizes!
Thank you for your interest in the SPE Challenge. Unfortunately, our window for submitting project ideas has closed - we appreciate your understanding.
Three randomly selected registrants will receive a $250 voucher to be used at Digi-Key - provides a great start for acquiring the parts you need for building your project/application.
Challenge participants can apply to receive a free SparkFun MicroMod Single Pair Ethernet Kit ($174.95 value) during registration (limited availability). This provides a great foundation for your build.
We have several prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as Best Industrial Application and Best Sustainable Application. Prize packages vary and include vouchers for up to $1200 from SparkFun. The Best Industrial Prize wins a Limited Edition 3D Printer (value $1285).
Ethernet is key for high-speed data communication in process, automation and building technology. 10BASE-T1L Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) is a new ethernet technology that is characterized by the fact that even for gigabit data rates only one copper wire pair is needed. It is the future for ethernet.
This design challenge is intended to get as many people exposed to and building with SPE to showcase powerful, creative use cases across applications. As a general starting point, 10BASE-T1L protocol is ideal for:
We are looking forward to seeing what you build! Make sure to read the Submission Guidelines tab.
All projects must:
An example SPE application.
All challenge participants are free to use their own hardware - no limitations. That said, approved participants will receive the SparkFun Single-Pair Ethernet Kit ($174.95 value) to get started. The kit includes:
All participants will receive a one-time use, 10% promotional code on select SparkFun Originals that can be used at sparkfun.com.
By May 5, 2023 - Register and Apply for the SPE Hardware Kit:
By May 31, 2023 - SPE Hardware Kits Ship from SparkFun to Select Challenge Participants
By August 31, 2023 - Build and Submit Projects!
November 14, 2023 - Winner Announced!
Terms and Conditions apply.
Winners will be announced on November 14th at SPS Trade Fair for Automation in November and on sparkfun.com!
Special Prize 1 – Best Industrial Application:
Special Prize 2 – Most Sustainable Application (environmental):
All 10 finalists will receive a gift box from the sponsors.
The HARTING Technology Group is a leading global supplier of industrial connectivity for the three lifelines "Data", "Signal" and "Power" with 14 production facilities and subsidiaries in 44 countries. The company also manufactures checkout zones for the retail trade, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series production, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and the transportation sector, among others. Around 6,500 employees generated a turnover of 1,059 million euros in 2021/22.
The SPE Industrial Partner Network is based in Rahden in Westphalia and is an equal alliance of companies that promote Single Pair Ethernet technology as the basis for rapid and successful growth of IIoT. The aim of the association is to establish SPE on the market as a new Ethernet technology in the sense of a comprehensive ecosystem with all necessary components.
We also see ourselves as a partner of the Industrial Ethernet user groups and would like to support them in the adaptation of this new "physical layer" for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, CC-LinkIE, for example.
The bundling of competences of the individual companies should give users an investment security to invest in this technology. Other interested companies are welcome to become new members. Shaping the future together - talk to us!
Würth Elektronik is one of the most successful companies within the Würth Group. The Würth Elektronik Group is the preferred partner of many developers and manufacturers from a wide range of industries. With its electronic and electromechanical components, printed circuit boards, and intelligent power and control systems, Würth Elektronik stands for innovative solutions, top quality, and outstanding service that goes far beyond the ordinary – in line with our motto: “more than you expect!”.
We’re leaders in converting real-world phenomena into insight that transforms our customers’ industries. At Analog Devices, we create unmatched technologies and solutions to solve our customers' problems in instrumentation, automation, communications, healthcare, automotive and numerous other industries.
Headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA, Digi-Key Electronics is recognized as both the leader and continuous innovator in the high service distribution of electronic components and automation products worldwide. Founded in 1972, Digi-Key was a pioneer in the mail-order catalog business and a key resource for design engineers. Today, Digi-Key offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components in stock and available for immediate shipment. Beyond the products that drive technology innovation, Digi-Key also supports design engineers and procurement professionals with a wealth of digital solutions and tools to make their jobs more efficient. From prototype to production, we are here to fuel innovation all over the world.
Since 2003, SparkFun has been helping turn ideas into reality – whether you're creating a smart weather station, exploring the frontier of machine learning, building a robot for school or prototyping your first (or tenth) product. We believe new technology helps make great ideas happen. We are dedicated to providing services, hardware, and documentation to make emerging technology easy to use and save you time.