"Black pill" board?

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Kenjutsu
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"Black pill" board?

Post by Kenjutsu » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:03 am

Hello everyone,

Has anyone seen/used this board before?

At first glance, it looks like a "black" Blue Pill board. For port A and B, it has the same pins brought out, but for port C, only PC13, which I can only assume is for the on-board LED. It also has less gnd and 3V3 pins and no 5V and VBat. For the price, I am quite tempted to buy 5. Seeing that this board is so close to the Blue Pill board, I assume it should work?

Thank you
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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by racemaniac » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:06 am

it has already extensively been discussed in the bluepill vs redpill thread

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by Kenjutsu » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:09 am

Thank you, I think I will give it a skip for now ;)
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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by RogerClark » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:58 am

Yes. It works

I have one of them.

I build a bootloader for its config (LED is not on same pin as the Blue Pill)

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by edogaldo » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:13 am

Which would you suggest?

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by Kenjutsu » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:47 am

I have been using many regular Blue Pill boards from various sellers, so I guess any of the following?

STM32F103C8T6 ARM STM32 Minimum System Development Boards
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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by RogerClark » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:40 pm

Just for cross referencing, the Black Pill was discussed in the Blue Pill Red Pill thread, here http://www.stm32duino.com/viewtopic.php ... ill#p19277

I have not had time to look at the Black Pill in detail, but it does have a stronger USB connector than the Blue Pill, which is an advanAge, but the PCB is bigger and wider, and leaves less space around it in a breadboard.

I dont recall what the USB pullup resistor value is, but it worked for me without modification

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by BenjiHansell » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:55 pm

Kenjutsu wrote:Hello everyone,

Has anyone seen/used this board before?

At first glance, it looks like a "black" Blue Pill board. For port A and B, it has the same pins brought out, but for port C, only PC13, which I can only assume is for the on-board LED. It also has less gnd and 3V3 pins and no 5V and VBat. For the price, I am quite tempted to buy 5. Seeing that this board is so close to the Blue Pill board, I assume it should work?

Thank you
RogerClark wrote:Yes. It works

I have one of them.

I build a bootloader for its config (LED is not on same pin as the Blue Pill)
My Black Pill just arrived. The LED is attached to PB12, not PC13 as with the Blue Pill (at least on my board). There is now a wiki page for the board. It also comes with the correct 1.5 kohm pullup on PA12 so the USB works, in my opinion that makes it better than the Blue Pill.

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by RogerClark » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:40 am

Benji

I have one of them as well, and it worked fine. Its also better than the Blue Pill because the USB connector is much stronger.

The Blue (and Red) Pill have very cheap USB connectors which often break off the top of the PCB as they are only secured by a couple of small PCB pads. The Black Pill has through hole fixings on the USB connector, making it a lot stronger

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Re: "Black pill" board?

Post by fredbox » Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:40 pm

I believe I may have found the schematic for the black pill. If so it can be added to the wiki. My boards are on order, so I can't verify that this is the right drawing. The 1.5k USB resistor is shown on the schematic as R7. Schematic is here.

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