CS32 Blue Pill clone connection problems

Recently I’ve been doing some experiments with the popular “Blue Pill” microcontroller model STM32F103C8T6, made by STMicroelectronics. The microcontroller (MCU) uses the ARM Cortex-M3 F103 chip, a low cost, low power but high capability chip, with a whole load of input/output pins.

Instead of using the original, I stupidly decided to get a much cheaper Chinese clone, with model number CS32F103C8T6 – note the difference in the first two letters. I ran into some weird connection issues, which did not appear with an original MCU. Read more