Holybro Kakute F7 Mini¶
above image and some content courtesy of Holybro
Support for this board is available with ArduPilot-4.0 (and higher). Only the V1 adn V2 boards are supported. The V3 board changed microporcessor type and is no longer capable of running ArduPilot.
Due to flash memory limitations, this board does not include all ArduPilot features. See Firmware Limitations for details.
- STM32F745VGH6 32-bit processor
- InvenSense ICM20689 IMU (accel, gyro, compass) on vibration isolating foam
- BMP280 barometers
- 7V ~ 42V input power directly from battery
- 6x PWM outputs
- 1x RC input
- 7x UARTs/serial for GPS and other peripherals
- 1x I2C port for external compass
- micro USB port
The UARTs are marked Rn and Tn in the above pinouts. The Rn pin is the receive pin for UARTn. The Tn pin is the transmit pin for UARTn.
- SERIAL0 -> USB
- SERIAL1 -> UART1 (Telem1)
- SERIAL2 -> UART2 (Telem2)
- SERIAL3 -> UART3 (GPS)
- SERIAL4 -> UART4
- SERIAL6 -> UART6 (TX only unless BRD_ALT_CONFIG = 1, then RX available also)
- SERIAL7 -> UART7 (Receive only, ESC Telemetry)
RC input is configured on the R6 (UART6_RX) pin. It supports all RC protocols, however for FPort the receiver should be connected to T6 and SERIAL6 configured as described in FPort section.
FrSky Telemetry is supported using the T6 pin (UART6 transmit). You need to set the following parameters to enable support for FrSky S.PORT.
FrSky Telemetry is supported on all UARTs, UART6 TX is suggested as its RX input is already being used for RC input and avoids consuming another UART.
TThe KakuteF7 Mini supports up to 6 PWM outputs. M1 to M4 are accessed via the connector. M5 and M6 are the pads shown on the above diagram. All 6 outputs support DShot as well as all PWM types.
The PWM is in 3 groups:
- PWM 1, 2 and 3 in group1
- PWM 4 and 5 in group2
- PWM 6 in group3
Channels within the same group need to use the same output rate. If any channel in a group uses DShot then all channels in the group need to use DShot.
The board has a built-in voltage sensor. The voltage sensor can handle up to 6S LiPo batteries. An external current sensor can be attached to pin 4 on the ESC connector.
The correct battery setting parameters are:
The KakuteF7 Mini does not have a built-in compass, but you can attach an external compass using I2C on the SDA and SCL pads.
The KakuteF7 Mini supports on-board data flash logging.
Loading ArduPilot onto the board¶
Initial firmware load can be done with DFU by plugging in USB with the bootloader button pressed. Then you should load the “with_bl.hex” firmware, using your favourite DFU loading tool.
Once the initial firmware is loaded you can update the firmware using any ArduPilot ground station software. Updates should be done with the xxxxxxxxxx.apj firmware files.