Posted by Michael Posner on April 8, 2016
Thanks to my latest project, a home built Van De Graaff generator, it reminded me to post some more information on ensuring you take ESD precautions while handling your physical prototyping hardware. These are essential when handling Xilinx Virtex-7 and UltraScale based platforms, ensuring you don’t let the magic blue smoke escape.
First read my recent blog on the subject: Preventing Electrostatic discharge
Second, watch the Synopsys video on specific handling instructions of the HAPS system
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