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 […]
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 […]
From the comments on our ‘Using DS1307 and DS3231 real-time clock modules with Arduino‘ post, Edward Mallon writes: I’ve been putting the $1 DS3231 boards through their paces for quite a while now…and they have been performing well. More details at Edward Mallon’s blog. Via the comments.
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 […]
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 […]
@FrozenElecBlog tweeted, “Just published a video about the Bus Pirate — love this thing!!!”
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 […]