Starting STM8 Microcontrollers

STM8S003K3 Discovery

STM8 microcontrollers are 8-bit general purpose microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics (STM). STM is famous mainly for its line of 32-bit ARM Cortex microcontrollers – the STM32s. STM8 microcontrollers are rarely discussed in that context. However, STM8 MCUs are robust and most importantly they come packed with lots of hardware features. Except for the ARM core, 32-bit architecture, performance and some minor differences, STM8s have many peripheral similarities to STM32s. In my opinion, STM8s are equally or sometimes more matched than the popular PICs and AVRs in all areas. Unlike PICs and AVRs however, I have seen STM8s mostly in various SMD

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Very affordable DIY oscilloscope

Powerful DIY oscilloscope using STM32

This DIY oscilloscope project is powered by a STM32 processor and the details of its design are shared by Vitorbnc on Instructables. As an oscilloscope, it displays signal waveform, voltage magnitude, frequency, and duty cycle. Besides, it also features capabilities to measure inductance, temperature and pressure.

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Arduino soldering station

DIY soldering station

GreatScottLab‘s new project video is about making a DIY soldering station using Arduino and a standard JBC soldering iron. The video also provides all the basic info you would need to know about soldering station, including thermocouples, AC power control and zero point detection. Watch the project video below:

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Garage parking assistant

Garage parking assistant

Parking in your home garage could be a bit of challenge if you have a bigger vehicle. You would like to make sure when you parked, you had enough space to walk around the vehicle. This Instructable describes an Arduino based garage parking assistant that would allow you to park in your best spot every time. It uses an ultrasonic transducer to measure the distance between your car’s bumper and the backside wall of the garage. A control box with visual indicators using bright Green and Red LEDs signals you when you are on the exact spot. Prior to its first use, you

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Testing circuit board for Adafruit’s FONA808 module

Testing circuit board

Jesus Echavarria from Spain has tipped us off about his latest experimenting circuit board. This time he has made a testing circuit board for Adafruit’s FONA808 module that carries SIMCOM manufacturer’s SIM808 GSM and GPS transceivers. The Adafruit board includes this module and also some electronics for choosing voltage levels, battery connection and charger. Because I need to test and programming some of this modules, I decide to make an specific PCB for it, allowing the programming and debugging via PC, wich is more comfortable that use a microcontroller for all these tasks. I use the MCP2221 USB-Serial bridge and

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