Thomas Borowczak

STM32 celebrates 10 years of innovation

Blog Post created by Thomas Borowczak Employee on Jul 5, 2017

From STM32F1, the world first 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M MCU announced on June 11th to STM32H7, the world most efficient MCU released in 2017, the STM32 ARM® Cortex®-M microcontroller has grown into a large product family and a wide ecosystem of tools and software to become a market leader.


Let’s come back on 10 of the main achievements that paved the road to this success through the last 10 years.


  1. From the first 1st 72 Mhz / 20 Kbyte Cortex-M3 up to 400 MHz / 2 Mbytes Cortex-M7 : a 10 years product journey and technological evolution 
  2. A constant evolution of the portfolio to anticipate and match the market expectations in term of embedded features, performance, power consumption and cost. The STM32 family has now more than 10 series and 700 part numbers including the STM32H7, the world’s most efficient MCU in terms of processing performance (it scored 2020 in the EEMBC CoreMarkTM) and the STM32L4, the market leader in terms of power consumption performance (It scored 253 in the EEMBC ULPMark™ (more on ULPBench).
  3. A decade of business records
  4. In 2010, we introduced the first STM32 Discovery Kit (the STM32VLDISCOVERY) an affordable and complete solution for the evaluation of the outstanding capabilities of STM32 MCUs, followed in 2014 by the 1st STM32 Nucleo, the new prototypers’ best friend.  
    We have sold today more than 1 million of these development kits.

  5. In 2014, we launched the STM32Cube, a 100% free software solution that help developers’ live thanks to the combination of
    STM32CubeMX a PC configuration and initialization tool
    - STM32Cube embedded software libraries : the generic embedded software components required to develop an application (HAL, LL, middleware components, and examples).
    With more than 300,000 downloads and with regular releases of new functionalities, STM32Cube is now the pillar of the STM32 Ecosystem.

  6. In 2017 the STM32 development ecosystem was been ranked among the top three in semiconductor companies by EETimes (

  7. We probably have the most complete market portfolio to address the key segments of
    • IoT for Wired and Wireless connected Objects with
      • Ultra Low Power MCUs (wireless)
      • Very high performance MCUs (wired)
      • Graphical User Interface
      • Security 
    • Industrial
      • Safety operation
      • Very High performance
    • Motor Control with expertise for Consumer, Industrial and Appliances
    • Sensing Applications (motion, audio sensing) with a complete development kit offer featuring ST Sensors

  8. We have launched the ST-MCU-FINDER application that enables developers to explore from their mobile device, or from their desktop, the latest microcontrollers as well as hardware and software tools to connect the complete portfolio of STM32 32-bit and STM8 8-bit microcontrollers and development boards.
  9. We have made a longevity commitments for the whole STM32 family, ensuring 10 years of life time for each single part number, which is a strong requirement from the industrial market in particular.

  10. We have introduced the ST Community that enables customers, partners, developers, makers, schools, universities, ST employees and all ST-product enthusiasts to collaborate, connect, communicate, learn and share their insights via a powerful social community application.


While we are increasing our presence in the education, makers and hobbyist communities to make our technology even more accessible, the STM32 product portfolio and ecosystem will continue its evolution to accompany the next technology revolutions and help developers bring innovative applications on the market.


Jump on the fast train of innovation and release you creativity for another 10 years of success with STM32 !