ST STM32L476G Discovery

Overview

The STM32L476G Discovery board features an ARM Cortex-M4 based STM32L476VG MCU with a wide range of connectivity support and configurations. Here are some highlights of the STM32L476G Discovery board:

  • STM32L476VGT6 microcontroller featuring 1 Mbyte of Flash memory, 128 Kbytes of RAM in LQFP100 package

  • On-board ST-LINK/V2-1 supporting USB re-enumeration capability

  • Three different interfaces supported on USB:

    • Virtual com port
    • Mass storage
    • Debug port
  • LCD 24 segments, 4 commons in DIP 28 package

  • Seven LEDs:

    • LD1 (red/green) for USB communication
    • LD2 (red) for 3.3 V power on
    • LD3 Over current (red)
    • LD4 (red), LD5 (green) two user LEDs
    • LD6 (green), LD7 (red) USB OTG FS LEDs
  • Pushbutton (reset)

  • Four directions Joystick with selection

  • USB OTG FS with micro-AB connector

  • SAI Audio DAC, Stereo with output jack

  • Digital microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope MEMS

  • 128-Mbit Quad-SPI Flash memory

  • MCU current ammeter with 4 ranges and auto-calibration

  • Connector for external board or RF-EEPROM

  • Four power supply options:
    • ST-LINK/V2-1
    • USB FS connector
    • External 5 V
    • CR2032 battery (not provided)
STM32L476G Discovery

More information about the board can be found at the STM32L476G Discovery website.

Hardware

The STM32L476VG SoC provides the following hardware features:

  • Ultra-low-power with FlexPowerControl (down to 130 nA Standby mode and 100 uA/MHz run mode)
  • Core: ARM® 32-bit Cortex®-M4 CPU with FPU, frequency up to 80 MHz, 100DMIPS/1.25DMIPS/MHz (Dhrystone 2.1)
  • Clock Sources:
    • 4 to 48 MHz crystal oscillator
    • 32 kHz crystal oscillator for RTC (LSE)
    • Internal 16 MHz factory-trimmed RC ( ±1%)
    • Internal low-power 32 kHz RC ( ±5%)
    • Internal multispeed 100 kHz to 48 MHz oscillator, auto-trimmed by LSE (better than ±0.25 % accuracy)
    • 3 PLLs for system clock, USB, audio, ADC
  • RTC with HW calendar, alarms and calibration
  • LCD 8 x 40 or 4 x 44 with step-up converter
  • Up to 24 capacitive sensing channels: support touchkey, linear and rotary touch sensors
  • 16x timers:
    • 2x 16-bit advanced motor-control
    • 2x 32-bit and 5x 16-bit general purpose
    • 2x 16-bit basic
    • 2x low-power 16-bit timers (available in Stop mode)
    • 2x watchdogs
    • SysTick timer
  • Up to 114 fast I/Os, most 5 V-tolerant, up to 14 I/Os with independent supply down to 1.08 V
  • Memories
    • Up to 1 MB Flash, 2 banks read-while-write, proprietary code readout protection
    • Up to 128 KB of SRAM including 32 KB with hardware parity check
    • External memory interface for static memories supporting SRAM, PSRAM, NOR and NAND memories
    • Quad SPI memory interface
  • 4x digital filters for sigma delta modulator
  • Rich analog peripherals (independent supply)
    • 3x 12-bit ADC 5 MSPS, up to 16-bit with hardware oversampling, 200 uA/MSPS
    • 2x 12-bit DAC, low-power sample and hold
    • 2x operational amplifiers with built-in PGA
    • 2x ultra-low-power comparators
  • 18x communication interfaces
    • USB OTG 2.0 full-speed, LPM and BCD
    • 2x SAIs (serial audio interface)
    • 3x I2C FM+(1 Mbit/s), SMBus/PMBus
    • 6x USARTs (ISO 7816, LIN, IrDA, modem)
    • 3x SPIs (4x SPIs with the Quad SPI)
    • CAN (2.0B Active) and SDMMC interface
    • SWPMI single wire protocol master I/F
  • 14-channel DMA controller
  • True random number generator
  • CRC calculation unit, 96-bit unique ID
  • Development support: serial wire debug (SWD), JTAG, Embedded Trace Macrocell™
More information about STM32L476VG can be found here:

Supported Features

The Zephyr stm32l476g_disco board configuration supports the following hardware features:

Interface Controller Driver/Component
NVIC on-chip nested vector interrupt controller
UART on-chip serial port-polling; serial port-interrupt
PINMUX on-chip pinmux
GPIO on-chip gpio

Other hardware features are not yet supported on this Zephyr port.

The default configuration can be found in the defconfig file:

boards/arm/stm32l476g_disco/stm32l476g_disco_defconfig

Connections and IOs

STM32L476G Discovery Board has 8 GPIO controllers. These controllers are responsible for pin muxing, input/output, pull-up, etc.

For mode details please refer to STM32L476G Discovery board User Manual.

Default Zephyr Peripheral Mapping:

  • UART_2_TX : PD5
  • UART_2_RX : PD6
  • LD4 : PB2
  • LD5 : PE8

System Clock

STM32L476G Discovery System Clock could be driven by an internal or external oscillator, as well as the main PLL clock. By default the System clock is driven by the PLL clock at 80MHz, driven by 16MHz high speed internal oscillator.

Serial Port

STM32L476G Discovery board has 6 U(S)ARTs. The Zephyr console output is assigned to UART2. Default settings are 115200 8N1.

Programming and Debugging

Flashing

STM32L476G Discovery board includes an ST-LINK/V2-1 embedded debug tool interface. This interface is supported by the openocd version included in Zephyr SDK.

Flashing an application to STM32L476G Discovery

Connect the STM32L476G Discovery to your host computer using the USB port, then run a serial host program to connect with your Discovery board. For example:

$ minicom -D /dev/ttyACM0

Then, build and flash in the usual way. Here is an example for the Hello World application.

Using west:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
west build -b stm32l476g_disco samples/hello_world
west flash

Using CMake and ninja:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
# Use cmake to configure a Ninja-based buildsystem:
cmake -Bbuild -GNinja -DBOARD=stm32l476g_disco samples/hello_world

# Now run ninja on the generated build system:
ninja -Cbuild
ninja -Cbuild flash

You should see the following message on the console:

Hello World! arm

Debugging

You can debug an application in the usual way. Here is an example for the Hello World application.

Using west:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
west debug

Using CMake and ninja:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
# If you already ran cmake with -Bbuild, you can skip this step and run ninja directly.
cmake -Bbuild -GNinja -DBOARD=stm32l476g_disco samples/hello_world

# Now run ninja on the generated build system:
ninja -Cbuild debug