October 8, 2013 > SchmartBoard comes to Fremont
SchmartBoard comes to Fremont
By Britney Sanchez
On Fremont Boulevard in the Centerville District, itÕs odd to see anything besides a scattering of restaurants, but in their midst, a new tech shop with a catchy name Ð SchmartBoard - has opened. In this unassuming storefront, an invention that is recognized and praised for its innovative design is flourishing.
Schmart is an application of computer chip circuit boards. SchmartBoard created an easier way to hand solder surface mount components, making it easier for aspiring ÒtechiesÓ and do-it-yourselfers to create their own computer circuits, the green squares inside electronic devices make them function. These chips are made by soldering a complex computer chip onto a mount. This can be a painstaking process that requires great precision. SchmartBoard makes the process much easier by creating the ÒSchmartBoard|ezÓ that holds the component in place by a Òsmolder mask.Ó The product is designed with special canals for the chip to be easily soldered without any mistakes. The company claims that it makes this once difficult task so easy that a ten year old can do it.
SchmartBoard started in the Warm Springs District of Fremont as Intellect Lab in 2001. When business slowed between 2003-05, President and CEO Andrew Yaung and partner Neal Greenberg, VP Sales and Marketing, moved to San Ramon where they designed the prototype of SchmartBoard. The decision to move back to Fremont was a big step, accompanied by a commitment to support the Centerville District. Knowing that they would be the only tech shop in the area, these entrepreneurs want to be a catalyst for other high tech shops to move to Centerville.
Yaung and Greenberg say that SchmartBoard is dedicated to helping educate aspiring engineers in nearby schools. The company can provide educational toys and kits for all ages and encourages high school students, aspiring to become engineers to stop by and learn more about soldering and electronics.
With this open invitation to stop by at any time, SchmartBoard will host an open house for the community on Saturday, October 12 from 12pm to 3pm which welcomes the whole community. The open house will include a raffle with several different prizes ranging from gift cards to movie tickets. There will be also photo ops with Raiderettes and a chance to solder your very own chip using the SchmartBoard|ez. All ages are welcome to the open house with encouragement to learn more about the business and what it has to offer for the community.
Now thatÕs schmart!
SchmartBoard Open House
Saturday, October 12
12 Noon Ð 3 p.m.
37423 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
At SchmartBoardÕs Open House:
¥ Meet and have your photo taken with Oakland Raiderettes: Chanel Nichols and Ashley Brown
¥ Hand solder a chip using SchmartboardÕs patented ÒEZÓ technology which makes hand soldering fast and easy
¥ Contest with prizes from Schmartboard, other technology companies and local Centerville businesses.
¥ Special offers not available to the general public.
¥ Giveaways, Food
SchmartBoard is the destination for people who want to hand solder surface mount (SMT) components. Are you an engineer, technician, educator, student or DIY hobbyist who has avoided utilizing SMT components? Those days are officially over, because with SchmartBoard practically anyone can hand solder SOIC, QFP, PLCC, QFN, BGA and discrete surface mount components.