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STM32 F4 Discovery Kit



robotics-university.com | Hello my friends, on this article, I will give an overview about one STM32 microcontroller minimum systems/development kit/evaluation board which manufactured by ST Microelectronics (STM). The product I mean is STM32 F4 Discovery development kit, please see figure 1 to know the visualization and figure 2 to know the top-view layout. 

According to the data brief and user manual document of this minimum systems [2][3], the STM32 F4 Discovery is the STM32F4DISCOVERY Discovery kit allows users to easily develop applications with the STM32F407VG high performance microcontroller with the ARM® Cortex®-M4 32-bit core. It includes everything required either for beginners or for experienced users to get quickly started. 

Based on STM32F407VG, it includes an ST-LINK/V2 or ST-LINK/V2-A embedded debug tool, two ST-MEMS digital accelerometers, a digital microphone, one audio DAC with integrated class D speaker driver, LEDs, push buttons and a USB OTG micro-AB connector. The STM32F4DISCOVERY Discovery kit comes with the STM32 comprehensive free software libraries and examples available with the STM32Cube package, as well as a direct access to the ARM® mbed Enabled™ on-line resources at http://mbed.org

Figure 1. STM32 F4 Discovery Kit 

Figure 2. STM32 F4 Discovery kit - Top layout 

STM32 F4 Discovery Kit Key Features 
The STM32F4DISCOVERY offers the following features: 
  • STM32F407VGT6 microcontroller featuring 32-bit ARM Cortex® -M4 with FPU core, 1-Mbyte Flash memory, 192-Kbyte RAM in an LQFP100 package 
  • On-board ST-LINK/V2 on STM32F4DISCOVERY or ST-LINK/V2-A on STM32F407G-DISC1 
  • ARM® mbed Enabled™ (http://mbed.org) with ST-LINK/V2-A only 
  • USB ST-LINK with re-enumeration capability and three different interfaces: 
         – Virtual COM port (with ST-LINK/V2-A only)
         – Mass storage (with ST-LINK/V2-A only)
         – Debug port
  • Board power supply: 
         – Through USB bus
         – External power sources: 3 V and 5 V
  • LIS302DL or LIS3DSH ST MEMS 3-axis accelerometer 
  • MP45DT02 ST MEMS audio sensor omni-directional digital microphone 
  • CS43L22 audio DAC with integrated class D speaker driver 
  • Eight LEDs: 
          – LD1 (red/green) for USB communication
          – LD2 (red) for 3.3 V power on
          – Four user LEDs, LD3 (orange), LD4 (green), LD5 (red) and LD6 (blue)
          – 2 USB OTG LEDs LD7 (green) VBUS and LD8 (red) over-current
  • Two push buttons (user and reset) 
  • USB OTG FS with micro-AB connector 
  • Extension header for all LQFP100 I/Os for quick connection to prototyping board and easy probing. 
  • Comprehensive free software including a variety of examples, part of the STM32CubeF4 package or STSW-STM32068 for legacy standard library usage 
System Requirements 
  • Windows® OS (XP, 7, 8 and 10), Linux® 64-bit or macOS™ 
  • USB type A to Mini-B cable. 
Development Toolchain 
  • Keil® MDK-ARM(a) 
  • IAR™ EWARM 
  • GCC-based IDEs including free SW4STM32 from AC6 
  • ARM® mbed Enabled™ online 
STM32 F4 Discovery Kit Getting Started 
Follow the sequence below to configure the STM32F4DISCOVERY board and launch the
DISCOVER application: 
  1. Check jumper position on the board, JP1 on, CN3 on (DISCOVERY selected). 
  2. Connect the STM32F4DISCOVERY board to a PC with a USB cable ‘type A to mini-B’ through USB connector CN1 to power the board. Red LED LD2 (PWR) then lights up. 
  3. Four LEDs between B1 and B2 buttons are blinking. 
  4. Press user button B1 to enable the ST MEMS sensor, move the board and observe the four LEDs blinking according to the motion direction and speed. (If a second USB cable ‘type A to micro-B’ is connected between PC and CN5 connector, then the board is recognized as standard mouse and its motion will also control the PC cursor). 
  5. To study or modify the DISCOVER project related to this demonstration, visit the https://www.st.com/en/evaluation-tools/stm32-discovery-kits.html webpage and follow the tutorial. 
  6. Discover the STM32F407VG features, download and execute programs proposed in the list of projects. 
  7. Develop the application using available examples. 
Support Software for Embedded ST-Link/V2 on STM32 F4 Discovery Kit 

1. STM32 ST-LINK utility (GUI for download program process), dowload here! 
2. ST-Link/V2 Firmware, dowload here! 
3. ST-LINK/V2 USB driver (for Windows7/8/10), dowload here! 




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