STM32 notes


there are 2 main peripheral documents:

  1. PM0056 for core peripherals (MPU, NVIC, SCB, and STK)
  2. RM0008 for all other peripherals

step 1: find what bus the peripheral is on

for non-core peripherals: usually APB1 or APB2 (see RM0008 figure 1 or figure 2)

for core peripherals: PPB (see PM0056 table 33)

step 2: trace the pheripheral clock source

the peripheral gets its clock from its bus (usually APB1 or APB2)

APB1 and APB2 divide the AHB clock to get their clocks

the AHB clock comes from the SYSCLK which is usually the internal RC oscillator or an external crystal oscillator. this is selected in an RRC register (see RM0008 7.3.1 & 7.3.2 or 8.3.1 & 8.3.2)

most peripheral clocks are disabled by default. they will need to be manually enabled via the RRC registers (see RM0008 7 or 8)

step 3: find the peripheral base address

for non-core peripherals: see RM0008 3.3, table 3

for core peripherals: see PM0056 4.1, table 33

step 4: find the peripheral register descriptions

RM0008 will usually have a major section for each peripheral with a sub-section for its registers. here are some:

step 5: if the peripheral can control I/O pins, check alternate function I/O mapping

by default, I/O pins are mapped as GPIO. if different functionality is needed, the pins need to be placed in alternate function mode (see RM0008 9.2.1 and 9.2.2)

when a pin is in alternate function mode, its alternate function is determined by its alternate function mapping (see RM0008 9.4.2 and 9.4.7)


  1. start SYSCLK
    1. start desired SYSCLK source
    2. wait for starting to complete
    3. switch to desired SYSCLK source
    4. disable old SYSCLK source
  2. set up bus clocks
    1. set clock divider for AHB
    2. set clock divider for APB1 or APB2
      • APB1 cannot exceed 36Mhz!
  3. enable bus clock for peripheral
  4. (if necessary) set up pheripheral alternate function I/O pins
  5. set up peripheral