Mini STM32 Firmware Uploader

stm32_icon_bigAfter multiple Windows crashes caused by ST’s “Flash Loader Demonstrator” v2.7.0 I decided to write my own library that will allow me to talk to STM32’s on-chip bootloaders via USART in C# .net. This is the initial yet fully functional version: https://github.com/MightyDevices/STBootLib (binaries: here).  This implementation uses classic SerialPort class with no additional magic which allows for safe operation (no system hangs whatsoever, even with very cheap USB<->UART dongles). In addition I’ve written a simple firmware updater app that I use extensively without any problems.

User interface

Keep is simple, stupid. Simple, usable and operational.

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As you can see I’ve kept the interface to a minimum, just to make the application less demanding in terms of occupied space. Here’s the list of functionalities for version 1.0:

  • Initialization of communication – getting bootloader version, product ID, command list
  • Writing to a memory area
  • Reading from memory ares
  • Erasing Flash pages (with Flash erase or Extended flash erase commands – both supported)

Usage:

This small code snippet shows the basic usage of library functions:


/* bootloader class instance */
STBoot stb = new STBoot();

/* open the port */
stb.Open(portName, baudRate);
/* initialize communication */
await stb.Initialize();

/* write memory @ address, bin = binary file in byte array */
await stb.WriteMemory(address, bin, 0, bin.Length, null,
CancellationToken.None);

/* jump to user application */
await stb.Jump(address);

/* close port */
stb.Close();