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Header Board for STM32 Cortex-M3

Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying this product in our catalog. This page is for reference only.

The ARM Cortex-M3 processor is the latest generation of ARM processors for embedded systems. It has been developed to provide a low-cost platform that meets the needs of MCU implementation, with a reduced pin count and low-power consumption, while delivering outstanding computational performance and an advanced system response to interrupts. The ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit RISC processor features exceptional code-efficiency, delivering the high-performance expected from an ARM core in the memory size usually associated with 8- and 16-bit devices.

The STM32F103 performance line has an embedded ARM core and is therefore compatible with all ARM tools and software. It combines the high performance ARM Cortex-M3 CPU with an extensive range of peripheral functions and enhanced I/O capabilities. STM32-H103 is low cost development board for the new ST Cortex-M3 based microcontroller STM32F103RBT6. This board is the perfect solution for USB peripheral development. All microcontroller ports are available on extension connectors.

  • MCU: STM32F103RBT6 ARM 32 bit CORTEX M3™ with 128K Bytes Program Flash, 20K Bytes RAM, USB, CAN, x2 I2C, x2 ADC 12 bit, x3 UART, x2 SPI, x3 TIMERS, up to 72Mhz operation
  • standard JTAG connector with ARM 2x10 pin layout for programming/debugging with ARM-JTAG
  • USB connector
  • User and Reset Buttons
  • Status and Power LEDs
  • On board voltage regulator 3.3V with up to 800mA current
  • Single power supply: takes power from USB port or extension connector pin
  • 8 MHz crystal oscillator
  • 32.768 kHz crystal for RTC
  • Extension headers for all uC ports
  • PCB: FR-4, 1.5 mm (0.062"), soldermask, silkscreen component print* 61x 34mm (2.4 x 1.3")
  • Distance between the extension connectors: 25.4 mm (1")


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  • this would be great with a full speed usb serial com port tutorial.

    • Josh,
      If you want to use a serial com port, I would suggest another board because this one does not include a RS-232 transceiver, and you will not be able to to use Hyper-terminal for debugging.
      Good Luck,

  • Hey guys both of the Document links are dead. Thanks

  • Anyone tried replacing the STM32F103 chip on the board and putting a F4 on instead?

    According to ST the chips look compatible.

    • From the STM32F4 datasheet:

      The STM32F405xx and STM32F407xx, however, are not drop-in replacements for the STM32F10xxx devices: the two families do not have the same power scheme, and so their power pins are different.

  • Can you tell me what I need to do get control of PC11? Schematic has a a "DISC" notation next to this pin. I'm getting noise on this line... I think it might have something to do with USB. And I need this pin because it is DAT3 on SDIO interface, which is not supported on original STM32-H103 but I replaced F103RB with F103RE chip.

  • Does the m3 on this board run at 72MHz? I saw in the Olimex docs that the internal PLL can multiply the 8MHz clock up to 72, but does not say this it did.

    • If you look at the datasheet you will find the clock tree for these devices. The 8 MHz is just a stable reference for the PLL, you can take the master CPU clock from the PLL, which is okay to run up to 72 MHz.

  • Since this board has programming capability through the usb port, is it absolutely necessary to buy a JTAG device for debugging if you aren't using large code files?

    • While you could conceivably set it up with one, this board does not come with a bootloader for programming via the USB port.

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