stm032l041f6 + rf69 'dev sensor' board

While jeenode zero is a smashing board, I wanted to see if I can go for a little smaller and cheaper MCU in the actual environmental sensors I have around the house. Hence this "quick-and-dirty" "development board" with STM32L041F6P6 (TSSOP-20 package, 32kB flash, 8kB RAM), RFM69CW radio, basic assortment of LED+BOOT button+RESET button, and the pins broken out.

With this board I wasn't going for size (unusual for me, right?), I just wanted a convenient access to all pins, and non-radio components only on one side of the board. In addition to the features listed above, there are a few solder jumpers to modify the setup: one is to connect the IRQ pin of the radio to PA0 pin of the MCU - I didn't want to have that one connected by default, since with 20 pins on the MCU things get tight. Another solder jumper is for disconnecting the output of the voltage regulator from the rest of the circuit (so that it doesn't interfere when the board is powered directly, e.g. from 2 AA batteries). The third jumper is to disconnect the BOOT button from PB1 - I like to make that extra connection so that the button can be used also in firmware, not just to enter the bootloader, but sometimes one just needs that extra pin for something else.

Finally, it has a jeenode zero-like 6pin "FTDI" header on one side, with RESET and BOOT to mate with DTR and RTS. This is to make it conveniently work with Jean-Claude Wippler's SerPlus and folie, with the board running Matthias Koch's mecrisp stellaris forth. More on this below.


The design is open: kicad sources and schematic. You can get a PCB from OSH Park {rev2 with a mounting hole} or {rev1 without a mounting hole}. The passives are 0603, some optional.



The point for me was to run forth on the board. Enter mecrisp stellaris. The starting point is of course Jean-Claude Wippler's embello, in particular explore/1608-forth directory. So I started there, and pretty much try to follow the conventions from there. Did some slimming down (e.g. replacing the constants by values), and a couple more sensor drivers. I keep the files in this repo (is in a lot of flux...)

Bottom line

The hardware side was done late 2017, but I didn't have much time to play with the board beyond testing that it works as intended. I have been using it with mecrisp stellaris forth a lot more recently (june 2019).

There is a "deployment" version of this board in the works. I'll keep (?) you posted.