@yets, kt_ provided lots of links on some of the posts he made in RCGroups regarding the PAN163CX, particularly links going back to the Panchip forum where datasheets, sample code, etc could be downloaded from. He dug deep, found gold, and made a map to it. Without that work he shared I don’t think I would have considered the newer H8 board a prospect worth spending time on.
@Ian44, thank you for the offer of the F0 board. That is most generous of you! But I will decline as I am not hurting for one at the moment. And also I do want to play with getting the H8 (PAN163CX) board running if I can.
@Tokyo_Dom, Ian444 has a point with spending time on SilF4Ware. It could take some time to get up and running. If you intend to use it just like Markus is doing, and with very similar hardware, it is possible it could be plug and play. But otherwise you’ll really need to make sure you pore over the code and various options to make sure you set it up to match your hardware. And likely need to fire up STM32CubeMX to custom configure some things to match a different flight controller board than the ones he’s provided support for.
SilF4ware is pretty awesome in its own right, it has RPM filtering, 3D (inverted) flying, and more! But I’m not using it myself, instead I forked it and made many changes and additions so it would work for my specific use case. Such as working with whoop boards like the Play F4, or support a basic OSD, or support IBUS protocol. Your welcome to take a look at my fork, and I even wrote up a little bit of documentation for it here. That documentation is already out of date though. It mentions IBUS as being a proof of concept, when in fact it runs quite nicely using an FS-RX2A receiver, as well as some other things that have changed.
Also, the Play F4 doesn’t have plugs soldered on the board. They provide them to you if you want to use the plugs. Should you do it? Let me share my own experience with plugs (and again, this is my experience and preference).
On one or two of my boards I don’t use the plugs. These are/were whoops that I wanted to get as light as I could (around 20grams). My other boards I decided to use plugs to make it easier to swap out motors. For my Whoops I’ve never had to swap out my motors yet.
And I also didn’t think I’d swap out need to swap out my motors on my tiny 2" micros (GR1FF and toothpick style) since my motors hold up nicely. However a couple of weeks ago I thought I’d try some tri-blade props on a new build (which seemed to work pretty nicely, lots of grip when cornering!), but that resulted in bent motor shafts on the first maiden flight!!! I didn’t have that happen to me with the 2-blade props. Mind you, these are 0802 motors with 1mm shafts.
Oh…are the motors you have that don’t have “convenient 1.25mm plugs for the play f4” the 1103s you mentioned in your first post?