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ST's new STM32F0 Discovery Board

I do believe I have one of these coming to me and wanted to know if any LMRtians have gotten their paws on one yet. ST appears to be trying to bring the cheap 8-bit world and fancy-pants 32-bit worlds closer together with this unit. This board is certainly cheap (~$7.99 I read) or free if you register and request a sample.

It's relatively advanced (for me and my 8-bit ways) but I liked it because it has a built-in programmer that can also be used on other chips off-board. The board seems to have a lot of nice features...

  • STM32F051R8T6 microcontroller featuring 64 KB Flash, 8 KB RAM in an LQFP64 package
  • On-board ST-LINK/V2 with selection mode switch to use the kit as a standalone ST-LINK/V2 (with SWD connector for programming and debugging)
  • Board power supply: through USB bus or from an external 5 V supply voltage
  • External application power supply: 3 V and 5 V
  • Four LEDs:
    • LD1 (red) for 3.3 V power on
    • LD2 (red/green) for USB communication
    • LD3 (green) for PC9 output
    • LD4 (blue) for PC8 output
  • Two push buttons (user and reset)
  • Extension header for all LQFP64 I/Os for quick connection to prototyping board and easy probing
  • An additional board is provided which can be connected to the extension connector for even easier prototyping and probing.

ST's offical product page: http://www.st.com/internet/evalboard/product/253215.jsp

A nice description the board: http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/Microcontrollers-deliver-optimized-analog-integration-615090

Released only earlier this year there seems to be a lack of open-source support. That being said I'd like to linky to what I've found:

CoIDE: http://www.coocox.org/CooCox_CoIDE.htm builder and debugger platform for Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista/Windows7

Linux software at Github https://github.com/texane/stlink 

and tutorial for usage https://github.com/texane/stlink/blob/master/doc/tutorial/tutorial.pdf?raw=true

GDB: The GNU Project Debugger http://www.gnu.org/software/gdb/

Here are some project examples from ST themselves: http://www.st.com/internet/com/SOFTWARE_RESOURCES/SW_COMPONENT/FIRMWARE/stm32f0discovery_projects_examples.zip

and the user manual for the board: http://www.st.com/internet/com/TECHNICAL_RESOURCES/TECHNICAL_LITERATURE/USER_MANUAL/DM00050135.pdf 

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I'd heard about this dev. board, but I didn't really take a good look until I read your post.

There are some really nice features, such as the 16 channel 12-bit ADC, dedicated 12-bit DAC, HDMI device control interface, 18 capacitive sensor channels... and it's hard to argue about the price.
48MHz isn't blazingly fast, but with a 32-bit controller that's still quite a bit of processing power.

Note to self: order one of these when you get home.

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Order Summary

Order ID: 238741
Date: Jun 4 2012 7:10PM
Shipping To: Me

Order Details

Part Number Customer Ref Description Quantity
STM32F0DISCOVERY   KIT STM32F0 DISCOVERY 1

Project Information

Application: Robotics / Automation
End Equipment:  
Project Name: Discovery feasibility