It all started with an email and a referral, and before you know it, the 96Boards OpenHours team was ready to meet with the great minds of STMicroelectronics. The topic you ask? None other than System Level ESD(Electro Static Discharge) protection. Believe it or not, I am a novice at the subject and was very excited to learn about anything these guys were willing to teach. That being said, while going through their presentation and hearing about how much work actually goes into these chips and devices, I was mesmerized and overwhelmed with flashbacks of the many hours spent on paper engineering in my undergrad. Transmission lines, impedance matching, circuit design and calculation, so many disciplines for solving a single, yet very important problem. My PTSD faded as the ST Engineers pointed out a wonderful online tool that does everything for you! Not only will this tool help you with the many calculations that come with this process, but it will even recommend parts and help you buy them. It is clear, a lot of work went into this software. So much so,  the process has been forever changed. Anyone who would like to integrate professional levels of ESD protection into their devices can now visit this website and get started:

http://www.st.com/tvs-smartselector

cough future 96Boards and Mezzanines? cough

Please take a minute to comb through the ST presentation:

ST on 96Boards OpenHours - System level ESD protection from 96Boards

Video from slide show can be viewed here or on YouTube:

Of course you are going to want to watch the OpenHours episode as well, so I think I will plug it in right here:

Many interesting questions came up during this interview/presentation, I would suggest watching as much as possible :D

Now we all know, OpenHours isn’t just interviews and me (Robert Wolff) talking the entire time! Sometimes, and I means sometimes, we actually some very cool stuff to announce. This time, in the spirit of having ST on the call, we were able to announce the STM32 Mezzanine board! For those who are unaware of this board, it has been on the 96Boards.org website for some time now, now several distributors are able to sell it.

Take a look!

I think I have said enough, now you will have to wait until the weekly blast to get more (Which should be going out shortly after this posts). Don’t forget to read on, more information on how to get involved in the 96Boards community is a small tick under this sentence! We are pretty much pushing out cool stuff on every channel you can think of. So… Add us, follow us, subscribe to us, but most importantly JOIN US as we move forward to 96Boards!

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Remember, you are all the reason this is possible. Please join us in welcoming a vibrant and new twist on community engagement. With OpenHours we will take on some exciting challenges this year.

Every week at 4:00pm UTC the 96Boards team engages in the ultimate community driven experience. All are welcome to join LIVE, for free, to interact as equal members in the 96Boards tribe of enthusiasts and developers. This is your channel/means to bring up interesting/controversial topics, explore new possibilities around the 96Boards brand, and pretty much anything else you would like to talk about! You can also just simply join to hang out and have a quick chat while you enjoy your morning coffee/tea :D

Don’t forget, if you get stuck, 96Boards offers many helpful resources. Feel free to check out the 96Boards forums, 96Boards documenation landing page, and/or Freenode IRC channel #96Boards (there are many ways to access IRC, this website is one of them). Dig around the docs and website, create a new forum thread, and/or post a question in the chat, myself or one of the 96Boards developers would love to help!


- Year of the 96Boards