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This firmware is for the spark strober, using an [STM32 F1 series micro-controller](
The spark strober switches mains electricity.
This allows to switch on a flood light or stroboscope for a short time to create a light pulse.
- [blue pill](, based on a STM32F103C8T6: development board to control everything
- HLK-PM01 power module: 100-240V AC to 5V DC power supply to power the board and other peripherals (protected with a 0.25A glass fuse)
- VS1838b: 38 kHz infrared demodulator to receive the codes from a remote control (connected using a 3.5 mm TRS jack)
- G3MB-202P: compact 240V AC 2A solid state relay to switch mains electricity (protected with a 2A fuse)
- infrared remote control sending NEC codes (low power version salvages from a multimedia player, high power version from Jedi iDual)
Hi-Link HLK-PM01:
- AC: 100-240V AC mains
- +Vo: 5V
- -Vo: ground
Omron G3MB-202P:
- 1: 100-240V AC mains line input
- 2: 100-240V AC mains line output
- 3: 5V with 330 Ohm resistor
- 4: blue pill, PB6
- 1, OUT: 3.5 mm TRS jack plug, ring
- 2, GND: ground
- 3, VCC: 5V (with 100 nF decoupling capacitor)
3.5 mm TRS jack socket:
- tip: 5V
- ring: blue pill, PB8, TIM4_CH3
- sleeve: ground
blue pill:
- PB8, TIM4_CH3: IR demodulator OUT
- PB6: SSR control
- 5V: 5V
- GND: ground
Have a look at the `application.c` *ir_action* to changes the AC on/off switch animations and corresponding remote control code.
The source code uses the [libopencm3]( library.
The projects is already a git submodules.
It will be initialized when compiling the firmware.
Alternatively you can run once: `git submodule init` and `git submodule update`.
To compile the firmware run `rake`.
To generate doxygen documentation run `rake doc`.
There are two firmware images: `bootloader` and `application`.
The `bootloader` image allows to flash the `application` over USB using the DFU protocol.
The `bootloader` is started first and immediately jumps to the `application` if it is valid and the DFU mode is not forced (i.e. by pressing the user button on the board or requesting a DFU detach in the `application`).
The `application` image is the main application and is implemented in `application.c`.
It is up to the application to advertise USB DFU support (i.e. as does the provided USB CDC ACM example).
The `bootlaoder` image will be flashed using SWD (Serial Wire Debug).
For that you need an SWD adapter.
The `Makefile` uses a Black Magic Probe (per default), or a ST-Link V2 along OpenOCD software.
To flash the `booltoader` using SWD run `rake flash_booloader`.
Once the `bootloader` is flashed it is possible to flash the `application` over USB using the DFU protocol by running `rake flash`.
To force the bootloader to start the DFU mode press the user button or short a pin, depending on the board.
It is also possible to flash the `application` image using SWD by running `rake flash_application`.
SWD also allows to debug the code running on the micro-controller using GDB.
To start the debugging session run `rake debug`.
The firmware offers serial communication over USART1 and USB (using the CDC ACM device class).