Clocks retain accuracy

Torrance, Calif. — Seiko Instruments' real time clocks feature low current consumption for MP3 players, digital cameras, digital video cameras, handheld games, mobile phones, and home security systems.

The S-35190A and S-35390A real time clock (RTC) ICs offer ultra-low quiescent current of 0.25 uA, and have a minimum time keeping voltage operation of 1.1 V, and a wide operating range of 1.3 V to 5.5 V.

Seiko's clocks also feature a clock adjustment function that enables wide ranging correction of deviation in the frequency crystal oscillator at a minimum resolution of 1 ppm. When this function is combined with a temperature sensor, the clock adjustment value can be set in accordance with changes in the temperature, making it possible to realize a clock function that will retain a high degree of accuracy regardless of temperature fluctuation, according to Seiko.

For systems that operate on a backup battery, an integral free register in the RTC may be used for a backup memory function. This security function allows the user register to hold data on a supply voltage as low as 1.2 V, thereby storing the data in the register prior to the cut off of the main power supply. This feature permits the data to be recalled any time after the voltage is rerestored.

Intersil Corp.'s (Milpitas, Calif.) real time clock is also said to minimize battery drain (400 nA current consumption at 3.0 V). The device incorporates Intersil's InterSeal battery saver technology, which prevents any current drain on the battery until the unit is first powered up.

Click here for more details on Intersil’s RTC at eeProductCenter.

Seiko's S-35190A IC is available in a 3-wire CMOS (micro wire) CPU interface, whereas the S-35390A IC is available in a 2-wire CMOS (I2C bus) CPU interface.

The S-35190A and S-35390A are priced from 60 cents (8-pin SOP) and 65 cents (8-pin TSSOP) in 10,000-piece quantities. Click here for the S35190A data sheet. Click here for the S35390A data sheet.

Seiko , 1-310-517-7884,

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