App note: Intelligent lighting controller measures ambient light and tracks time

Implementation on ambient light and time tracking luminaires controller from MAXIM Integrated, Link here This reference design explains how to design an intelligent lighting controller that senses and measures the ambient light level with an ambient light sensor (ALS). Equipped with a real-time clock (RTC), the controller also knows when to turn lighting on or […]

A look inside the DS3231 real-time clock

Pete posted an article taking a closer look at Maxim’s DS3231 real-time clock: Fortunately, Maxim also offers the DS3231, which is advertised as an “Extremely Accurate I2C-Integrated RTC/TCXO/Crystal”. This chip has the 32kHz crystal integrated into the package itself and uses a built-in temperature sensor to periodically measure the temperature of the crystal and, by […]

App note: Debugging stand-alone real-time clock/calendar-based applications

Here’s an application note from Microchip:  Debugging stand-alone real-time clock/calendar-based applications  (PDF!) An increasing number of applications require Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) devices. Microchip’s RTCC’s (I2C™ and SPI) are feature-rich devices that incorporate EEPROM, Time/Date registers, Time-Stamp registers, alarm modules, SRAM, a watchdog timer, and event detect modules, making them useful in many timekeeping applications. This application […]

Modified Arduino DS1307RTC library that also works for MCP7940N

Ray writes, “When your project needs a real-time clock (RTC), don’t you hate that the popular DS1307 costs several dollars? I recently came across Microchip’s MCP7940N, which is an inexpensive alternative to DS1307. On the hardware side it is pretty much a drop-in replacement (although Microchip recommends adding several extra elements). The software requires a […]

Chip note: MCP7941X I2C RTCC with EEPROM, SRAM, Unique ID and Battery Switchover

Microchip’s MCP79411 general purpose I2C™Compatible real-time clock/calendar (RTCC) is highly integrated with nonvolatile memory and advanced features including a battery switchover circuit for backup power, a timestamp to log power failures and digital trimming for accuracy. It can use a low-cost 32.768 kHz crystal or other clock source and the chip operates over a supply […]