With a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4 RISC core, the SparkFun STM32 Thing Plus brings power and precision to your projects. The STM32 Thing Plus provides you with an economical and easy to use development platform if you're needing more power with a minimal working space. This Thing comes flashed with the DFU bootloader, and to make the Thing Plus even easier to use, we've moved a few pins around to make the board Feather compatible. In addition, it utilizes our handy Qwiic Connect System which means no soldering or shields are required to connect it to the rest of your system!
As we previously stated; the STM32F405 Processor is based on the high-performance ARM® Cortex®-M4 32-bit RISC core and can operate at a frequency of up to 168 MHz. The Cortex-M4 core features a floating point unit (FPU) single precision which supports all ARM single precision data-processing instructions and data types. It also implements a full set of DSP instructions and a memory protection unit (MPU) which enhances application security. This Processor Board utilizes the DFU bootloader for uploading code, and incorporates an extensive range of enhanced I/Os and peripherals. In addition to the USB interface and Qwiic connection, the STM32 Thing Plus provides a 3.3V regulator and LiPo charger as well as 16MB of Flash and microSD slot for expandable memory.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
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Specific Peripherals available on STM32 Thing Plus:
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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This is one of several Thing Plus controllers I have purchased. they give me all the sub-modules I normally need on one board : ) Micropython boots up, and runs fast