Free STM32F4 discovery kit in US/Canada

in kit biz by Ian | 57 comments

Martino tipped us to a free STM32F4 discovery kit giveaway. If you’re in the US or Canada please let us know if it works.

i see a banner (bottom left) that says “Get a FREE STM32F4 discovery kit – limited promotion in USA/Canada”.

Via the contact form.

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  1. octal says:

    The banner is bottom RIGHT :p

  2. povik says:

    What a shame…

  3. Colin says:

    Sweet, that was easy. It says my request was submitted and is pending approval. All they asked was the same as one of Microchip’s sample orders: end application, # of units, etc.

    Lets see if this thing shows up!

  4. Victor says:

    Ordered, will see how it works.

  5. ezekielmudd says:

    I received a confirmation email on Sept 29th that says this in part:

    =====
    Order Confirmation

    Thank you for your interest in our products. Your request is currently being processed. Once your order has been shipped, you will receive an additional email with status and tracking information.
    =====

    I’m Canadian.

  6. Brian says:

    STM32F4 looks like a nice chip, as with the M3 parts external PHY for Ethernet and USB HS in this case. It does look like any have a non-static memory controller either, which is a bit of a shame. Still a nice chip and if availability of the M3 parts is any indication they should be cheap and plentiful. I think I have my hands full with LM3S designs, but I may have to give M4 chips a go after I write some applications for the M3 boards I have been developing.

  7. crenn says:

    In my honest opinion, it’s a shame they’re limiting the promotion to US/Canada only.

  8. Inventory available currently says zero, don’t know if that means they’re out of them or not, since my request still went through (‘pending approval’)

  9. KPR says:

    I’m Canadian and just submitted.. we’ll see what we get..

    Thx for the info..

  10. Najmul says:

    Its bad to limit it to US/CAN only.

  11. tinito says:

    People from ST told me that these boards will be available from distributors in november/december, so I guess it will a pretty long wait..

  12. pppd says:

    While I don’t like the US/Canada only limitation I perfectly understand them. It’s just too complicated to deal with the international shipping and taxes/duties. It’s like every time I order something from TI or Xilinx they ask what exactly am I going to do with it and warn me not to use it against the US:)

  13. Drone says:

    Often these promos get limited to one or two countries (like US/CAN) because of (1) A particular distributor has agreed to do this at a loss for marketing purposes. (2) The offer would violate Distributor agreements in other countries.

  14. Enrico M. says:

    If you need more info concerning STM32F4xx – STM Cortex M4 – go here:
    http://www.emcu.it/STM32F4xx/STM32F4xx.html
    If you need tutorial concerning STM32 – STM Cortex M3 – see here:
    http://www.emcu.it/STM32.html#TUTORIAL_and_SW_examples
    Least but not last the promotion of STM32F4xxx is world worldwide see for example:
    https://www.silica.com/events/seminar/silica/view/stmicroelectronics-cortex-m4-seminar.html

  15. doug says:

    Got an order confirmation this evening. Now awaiting shipping confirmation!

  16. dext3r says:

    just got mine in the mail today, even though it said wouldnt ship until November. Cool beans, now what can I do with this? :D

  17. tinito says:

    Uh, that’s impressive!
    I need a US mail address.

  18. KPR says:

    That is impressive.. lets hope the rest of us get ours sooner too.. Anyone else in Canada.. I’m in Toronto..

    k.

  19. Chris says:

    Just got mine in today. NICE :)

  20. I just got mine in the mail too! Yippee!

  21. AaronM says:

    Same here, mine just came in today :D

    Lets see what this baby can do :)

  22. Tim says:

    Just got mine today, here comes an eLua port…

  23. kuhltwo says:

    Well hopefully my mailbox will have a present for me as well. I registered Oct 6.
    My mail also comes in the AM, but I am at work until 6pm.

  24. Mine arrived just a few minutes ago from STMicroelectronics, Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Hmm, where have I seen that address before?

    Plugged the Mini-USB into the laptop, and the Discovery board is merrily flashing its leds at me. Pushed user button, according to instructions on packaging, and it now varies the leds according to accelerometer inputs. Though it looks like they have a gimbal lock singularity that prevents the green led

    They soldered, somewhat sloppily, header pins into the breakout pads, so there are 8×25 exposed pins waiting to sop up any stray static.

    Anyone have a pointer to a gcc / linux toolchain? They did install a usb bootloader, didn’t they?

    • No bootloader, no. There are two ARMs on the board, the target M4, and a cheap small M0 or some such. The top one is used in a programmer circuit, an embedded ST Link V2. If you’re asking about that chip, yes, it has a bootloader and can be reprogrammed. People have done so on the older discovery boards to make the ST Link V2 into an OpenOCD-compatible programmer/debugger. But the target has no bootloader, and can even be programmed totally standalone, separate from the embedded ST Link.

  25. Victor says:

    Mine came today (Oct 11), ordered Oct 6. Came from STM itself, River Falls MN.

  26. Tim says:

    I ordered mine on the 7th and got it yesterday the 11th.
    Never got a shipping notice just the order confirmation.
    Can anyone recommend software to program it with?
    Im new to the ARM.

    thanks for the tip

  27. Tim says:

    I’m in the process of using gcc 4.6 (http://www.yagarto.de/), tools. The demonstration app is compiled and linked, just need to download and test. Had to make an update to the linker script to get it to link right. I have not found 4.6 gcc tools with newlib precompiled on linux.

    • todor says:

      Tim, would you please upload your modified linker script for yagarto and post a link to it here? It would be much appreciated, thanks!

  28. dext3r says:

    I found this link on a Hackaday post:

    Geoffrey McRae’s http://stm32.spacevs.com/

    It might be helpful for those starting out…I haven’t had a chance to really peruse the site yet though.

  29. kuhltwo says:

    I got mine to blink and act like a mouse.
    Downloaded several different programs to try out. Don’t know or have Linux on anything, so I am staying with Microsquirt windows. True Studio and MDK so far. Going to be a steep learning curve I think, :)

  30. Rich says:

    Take note if using Keil tools must use version 4.22 or newer

  31. Dolabra says:

    wow, mine came too. I ordered on Oct 10. Now I need to get busy learning the thing. For my project I was going to make a shield on top to support additional connections to the rest of the world, but with those headers already installed, it looks like I need to change my plans a bit. That’s sort of an odd choice to install double rows of headers pointed down it won’t work in any breadboards I have. But anyway it is quite cool.

  32. KPR says:

    I got my package today.. Shipped from Minnesota!!

    Its play Time!!

    k.

  33. Fythios says:

    Well apparently the promotion is still going on, I just ordered mine. Pending approval

  34. Mike says:

    I got mine. As for “Available to distributors in Nov/Dec”; digikey is selling them for about $20. I guess I’m pampered by all the Arduino support out there because even though the stats on this thing absolutely blow away the UNO for less money, it’s just “here you go” without a lot of worthwhile project documentation. Example; it says it has built in camera, audio and ethernet capabilities and for the life of me i can’t find squat about how to make it take a picture, talk on the internet or play a wav file. What hardware do I need to get to hook this to a temp sensor or a CAT5 cable?

  35. Victor says:

    May be because their proposal is not for Arduino users, but for potential Arduino makers, who can explore the thing and find a way to connect camera, Ethernet etc. May be even share what they found with other makers. It is very little business sense to give away stuff to users, but very much to makers. That is why they do it relatively early in development cycle of their new MCU. Atmel was not that outgoing, their chip was chosen by people, absolutely not connected to them and put to good use.

  36. Mike says:

    I know it’s not an Arduino, I’m just a little frustrated that it states that it has all of those abilities (sound, ethernet, camera) but not only lacking code but also lacking hardware requirements.

  37. Hi guys, I just put up a detailed review of the STM32VLDiscovery board, along with my notes on setting up the toolchain, and some examples. This board is similar to the STM32F4 that’s being given away in ST’s promotion. Hopefully it helps someone. http://www.bigmessowires.com/2011/10/27/cortex-m3-for-dummies-stm32-discovery-board/

  38. Mike says:

    Steve, cool article, much more elegant than the ST stuff but didn’t go much further than the ST manuals. Have you seen any info on how to get ethernet and camera capabilities? My frustration lies not in learning STM32 programming but in accomplishing an end project. I have an Arduino project 1/2 cooked but see the STM32 as a possible replacement due to greater (advertised) capabilities and crazy low price but I am unable to get enough info to get passed the top-level design phase. I can put the software/hardware parts together, I just need parts.

  39. The STM32VLDiscovery board doesn’t have the camera or ethernet, so I’m afraid I’m no help there. I take it there are no STM32F4 examples that show how to use them? That’s annoying. If you have the board schematics and the camera/ethernet datasheets, you should at least be able to put together your own driver with some effort. If you don’t have that info either, then it sounds like those peripherals are just worthless. :-(

  40. Nexus says:

    Under the design support tab for the discovery board you’ll find documents on setting it up along with a firmware example package that includes complete examples for many of the peripherals.

    Really all you need though is datasheet DS8626 and reference manual RM0090 both contain all the information you need about the mcu to hook up ethernet, dcim, or any other arbitrary item.

  41. Gordon says:

    Is this promotion over? Is there a link to the promotion website? Thanks.

  42. Gordon says:

    I should mention that the link to the promotion in the original link is not visible anymore.

  43. kuhltwo says:

    I just checked, and it looks like the freebies are gone. Arrow lists it to back order for $17. Digi-key showed in stock for $19.50.
    STMicro listed it originally for $12.50 I think.

  44. Gordon says:

    Thanks for checking

  45. Mike says:

    When I went, it said there wasn’t any promos available. I went ahead and ordered one and filled out the sample request, and a few days later viola, there it was in my mailbox.

  46. Mike says:

    Sorry for the glimmer of hope. They had a link on the free samples page that said Quantity 0 but have apparently disabled the link now. They are offered for only $16 at FUTURE

  47. Jan says:

    In Europe you can buy it at Farnell, it costs just £9.72 or €11.56.

  48. Redkas says:

    i recieved mine its been 2 months and i’m living in algeria

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