STM32 USART basics

A USART is a universal synchronous asynchronous receiver transmitter. A serial port if you like. On the STM32 however, it really is universal. This peripheral has a raft of features for a huge range of serial protocols including all the usual asynchronous modes plus IrDA, LIN, Smartcard Emulation and the ability to function as an SPI port…


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dsPIC serial ports

In general the dsPIC is well blessed with peripherals. The dsPIC30F6015 I am using at the moment has two serial ports in addition to a couple of SPI ports and an I2C port. These UARTs seem pretty easy to use as well. Still, like other peripherals on the dsPIC, they still found a way to catch me out. My own fault for not reading the data sheet properly. The trick here is to realise that there are FIFO buffers associated with the ports.


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