A camera flash will make the Raspberry Pi 2 freeze and reboot

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Yikes, that a bad case of electromagnetic interference!


As implausible as it seems it turns out not to be an EMI/EMC thing but rather a photoelectric issue. Apparently covering up the switch mode controller IC fixes the problem or even putting the board into an opaque box. The IC package apparently isn’t completely light tight.

I was a strong proponent of the EMI angle, 300V fairly big cap dumped in fractions of a second and most of the boards demo’d had long wires coming off. But they’re claiming now covering the chip fixes it, furthermore they claim a laser pointed shone on the controller causes a crash as well.



Cool, that is actually a very interesting phenomenon :smile: