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Development Board for the STM32F042

Development Board for the STM32F042

Programming and debugging

ST include an embedded ST-Link/v2 chip on their discovery boards implemented within an STM32F1 series MCU that allows you to program and debug over the same USB line that you use to supply power.

That’s neat, and it means that you don’t have to buy a programmer for your board. It is, however, proprietary which means I can’t include it on this board. Instead, I include the standard 20-pin ST-Link/v2 header that you can attach a programming cable to.

I’ve already written an article about how to set up and use the ST-Link/v2 programmer using only free software.

The USB interface

I’ve opted to include an ST Micro USBLC6-2SC6 ESD protection device between the USB lines and the MCU. Without this the MCU would be vulnerable to ESD events on the line caused by handling of the plug or cable and could easily be damaged or destroyed.


Chances are you don’t even have the ID signal line in your cable (it’s for OTG cables only) but in common with ST’s configuration on their discovery boards I’m grounding it through a 100kΩ resistor.

C1, C2, C3 and FB1 form a filtering network to remove noise from the VBUS line before it becomes an input to the switching regulator. If you’ve never seen how much noise you can get on VBUS then I recommend that you take a look at this article that I wrote.

If you’re powering this board from a computer’s USB port then be mindful of the maximum amount of power that you can draw. This wikipedia article explains it well. Of course if you’re powering this board from a USB wall charger then the limit is set by that charger.

The USB socket itself is a mini-B size and has a very common standard footprint. Search ebay for these mini-B PCB sockets and you’ll see that they all have this footprint.

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