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Development Board for the STM32F042

Development Board for the STM32F042


The MCU power and reset scheme is wired up according to ST’s recommendations. VDD gets a pair of 100nF and 4.7µF capacitors and VDDA gets a 10nF and 1µF pair. P3, a 4 pin header, receives a jumper across pins 1 and 2 to connect VDDA to the onboard 3.3V supply or the jumper can be removed to allow an external VDDA to be connected to pin 3.

C4 decouples the active-low reset pin to prevent any spurious resets from ruining your day. There’s no need for a pull-up to VDD because ST supply one internally.

The crystal is connected to the MCU via a pair of 0R ‘resistor’ bridges that can be removed if you’ve fitted a crystal but want to use the PF0 and PF1 pins as GPIO without fear of interference from the crystal itself.


If you’re considering USB device development and you’ve done this before then you may think that you’re going to need the external crystal to generate the accurate 48MHz clock required by USB to stay in sync with the host, but this is not the case. ST supply an internal ‘HSI48’ 48MHz clock specifically for use with the USB peripheral and with a bit of software configuration you can not only clock the MCU core from it but you can also constantly trim its accuracy from the USB Start of Frame (SOF) packets sent by the host to the device every 1ms. I’ll show you how to set up this crystal-less configuration later on.

Upon startup the MCU can boot from flash, SRAM or system memory (that’s where the boot loader is). The most common option is to boot from flash directly into your code and you select that by holding BOOT0 low during the exit from reset and standy modes.

But wait, doesn’t this waste the PB8 GPIO pin? No it doesn’t. If you always want to boot from flash then you can program the BOOT_SEL and nBOOT0 bits of the FLASH_OBR register to 0 and 1 respectively and then the MCU will ignore BOOT0 and you can use it as a GPIO pin.

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