I'm trying to communicate with an I²C device using an STM32F411 Nucleo board.

In standard mode (100 kHz) and fast mode (400 kHz) everything works fine. However, when I try to increase the speed above 400 kHz the connection stops.

I consulted the reference manual of the microcontroller (RM0383) which states as follows:

It supports the standard mode (Sm, up to 100 kHz) and Fm mode (Fm, up to 400 kHz). The I²C bus frequency can be increased up to 1 MHz. For more details about the complete solution, please contact your local ST sales representative.

I was quite surprised to read this since I have worked with microcontrollers produced by other companies, but in the same range of performance which could go up to 3.4 MHz (e.g. Kinetis K20 chips).

Long story short: Has anyone tried to increase the I²C frequency of a STM32 chip to above 400 kHz? And can explain to me what I have to do in order to get it to work?

I would be glad if I didn't have to contact a sales representative.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Going from 100k to 1M needs Cat5 cable and 30mA or 150R pullup to 5V at RX end. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 12:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the the second I2C device? What is the layout? Can you probe SCL and SDA? \$\endgroup\$
    – Grebu
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 12:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ The slave device is an AS5048B. I added 4.7k pullup resistors to sda and scl. I just confirmed with my oscilloscope that scl is generated at 1Mhz, but I also realized that I probably have to use smaller pullups. \$\endgroup\$
    – invenibo
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 13:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ I just tested it with 150Ohm instead of 4.7k on another board. Although the signal is much cleaner, I can't go above 650kHz. \$\endgroup\$
    – invenibo
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 17:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you read the signal by logic analyzer or oscilloscope? \$\endgroup\$
    – MrBit
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 13:23

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which could go up to 3.4 MHz (e.g. Kinetis K20 chips).

That's likely hip specific. I have never used any i2c devices that far but 500 to 600kbos is not uncommon, though technically not supported.

Pushing it over 1mhz could be tough. If I were to Doo it, I would make sure that more drive current. Is available (use lower value pull ups on the bus), watch out for stray capacitance / inductance (short and shielded wiring), and most important of them all, make sure that the devices support that kind of speed.


I contacted the Sales representative, that told me to log the question with ST. Who gave me the answer to contact the local sales representative.

Red tape aside, I'm communicating @ 833 kHz (although the FMPI2C is now set up for 1 MHz. The board I'm using is the a Nucleo-F410RB


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