We invite Silicon Labs Community members to participate in this exciting contest where you can win an EFM8 Busy Bee Starter Kit! The EFM8BB1 Low Cost Kit is an easier to use yet powerful development starting point. With full support in Simplicity Studio, code examples, and a free unlimited Keil license, you can get to prototyping your design quickly. The contest consists of 5 questions related to the EFM8 Busy Bee and 10 winners will receive a kit for free.
Number of Winners: 10
Prize: 1 x EFM8BB1LCK
Contest Period: Oct 18, 2019 - Nov 5, 2019 CDT
Answer the 5 questions below and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers no later than Nov 5, 2019. You will receive a confirmation that you entered the contest.
Winners will be announced on Nov 18, 2019 CDT
We highly encourage winners to post a quick demo inside the Silicon Labs Community or personal social media channels on how they are using their new EFM8 Busy Bee Starter Kit!
If there are more than 10 contestants who answer all the correct answers, we will decide the final 10 winners based on their open-ended question (Q5). Silicon Labs’ staff will evaluate the answers based on relevance and usefulness. The bonus point question is not required but will provide an extra point to your overall score.
Q1 : What key features does the EFM8BB1 have?
Q2: The ________________ software packages contains all the tools, drivers, software examples and documentation needed to use the EFM8BB1 Low Cost Kit.
Q3: What does the kit hardware layout not contain?
Q4: What expansion boards are compatible with the Busy Bee kit?
Q5: Give a specific example of an application that you can build with the Busy Bee and explain why.
Bonus: We’re excited to hear how you will use your EFM8 Busy Bee Starter Kit! You will earn an extra bonus point if you post your answer to Q5 on Facebook or Twitter. Posts must be public - tag @siliconlabs and use #EFM8BusyBee to enter.
By entering the contest you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Community Contest Terms and Conditions. Please review them before entering the contest.
We are in the process of collecting feedback from our Silicon Labs Community members through a short survey. Your feedback will allow us to improve your experience, and to more effectively support you. Please help us by taking this 3-minute survey.
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MGXXD9X
Tech-Priest is from Finland and interested in BLE, Bluetooth Mesh, and 32-bit and 8-bit MCUs. He joined the Pathfinder program to get access to resources and help members find solutions through forum discussions.
If you want to nominate a new Pathfinder or learn about the Pathfinder program, please check out this page.
Silicon Labs took the decision to deprecate its proprietary implementation of Thread and instead be a major contributor to the more popular OpenThread implementation.
The announcement was made as part of the release notes for Silicon Labs Thread (SL-Thread) SDK v184.108.40.206 which can be found here:
The notice indicates that the inclusion of the SL-Thread implementation will be removed from the Simplicity Studio release scheduled in December 2019.
The notice re-iterates that Silicon Labs has a continued focus on its Thread strategy and is committed to continuing as a leading-edge Thread supplier. Support for Thread will continue within the Silicon Labs software and hardware tools but the stack availability itself will be distributed through the commonly accessible OpenThread GitHub repository.
More information on the OpenThread implementation can be found at: https://openthread.io/platforms/efr32
Here's the list of the community issues fixed on June 12th. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
e.g.) The article "xxxx" was closed by xxxx on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:11:29 EST.
e.g.) This vote was added to “xxx” by xxx on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:11:29 EST.
What is the difference between Activities, Notifications, and Email Subscriptions?
Activities: You will see updates for a thread or a board that you are following on your profile page. https://www.silabs.com/community/profile
Notifications: You will see updates for a thread or a board that you are following on the notification page. https://www.silabs.com/community/notifications
Email Subscriptions: You will receive updates from a thread or a board that you are following directly to your email.
e.g.) You can use shortcut keys like Cmd+I or Ctrl+I in the community RTE.
e.g.) 1.2. enter 3. (Before: 1.2. enter 1.)
We will upgrade our community site on June 11th, 2019 to release bug fixes and performance improvements. As part of the upgrade, we will migrate our community badge images to a new location. During the maintenance, you may see some odd behaviors.
What are the odd behaviors?
You may see the most recent earned badge under your user name twice during the migration process. In addition, badges listed under the ‘Badges’ tab may not be displayed during the migration process.
Forum and KB page:
Earned badges may not be displayed during the badge migration process. You may see a few “Unknown” posts during the migration window.
Expected Maintenance Time:
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, ~11:00 AM CT. The migration may take 2-6 hours.
What action do I need to take:
Community members don’t need to take any action. Badging and the "Unknown" posts should appear normal after the migration is complete.
Please contact us at DL.Feedback@silabs.com if you have any issues during the maintenance window.
Recently, we introduced the new Pathfinder program to recognize outstanding community members. Every month, thousands of members log in to the community to find answers to their questions. Despite all the effort from our devoted employees, it is crucial that community members actively participate in discussions and share their knowledge with others to keep the community a healthy and valuable place. With the new Pathfinder program, we’re supporting our community contributors with advanced resources and exclusive benefits to reward their efforts.
Through the nomination process, we are pleased to announce 8 new Pathfinders. Please help us in welcoming our first Pathfinders!
If you want to become a Pathfinder or nominate someone who deserves this recognition, please fill out the online nomination form.
Learn more about the Pathfinder program.
Welcome to the Silicon Labs Community! If you are new to the community and not sure where to start, here’s a step-by-step guideline:
The Knowledge Base and forum boards are accessible in the main navigation menus of the community.
5. Get points and rewards You can earn points by answering a question or receiving a vote. An active contributor can be recognized as a Pathfinder through our reward program. See the Reputation Overview page for details.
Here is some additional information that might be useful for you:
Hope these tips help you get the most out of the community. Happy exploring!
We are pleased to introduce Pathfinder, a program designed to recognize community participants and experts for voluntarily sharing their knowledge to make the Silicon Labs Community a valuable resource. If you are interested in participating in the Pathfinder program or know someone who might be, please fill out our online nomination form.
We are looking for community members who:
As we launch and develop this initiative, we appreciate and welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Here's the list of the community issues fixed on Jan 30th. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
In addition, our user servers were updated to fix the issues with intermittent web notifications. This fix may have caused some users to lose their notification preferences. If you have any notification issues, please check your Notification settings and any boards/threads you have followed and reset them if necessary. From that point forward, all notifications and subscriptions should work consistently.