Re: [uCsimm] rtc and processor maintained clock

From: Michael Durrant (
Date: Wed Jan 26 2000 - 17:38:12 EST

> We have an application which requires accurate timing in the short term,
> little on no drift within say 5 minutes. The ucsimm seems a good
> starting point and we have one which is working fine, I think. We have
> been doing some timing tests and it appears that the processor
> maintained clock is running approx 7% slower than real time and the rtc
> on the ucsimm. That is the processor maintained clock is loosing 7
> seconds in every 100.

Their can be many reasons for this possibly dram refresh and or
dma for the lcd. Both of these steal bus time from the cpu.
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> We have looked around all the init code and the various timers appear to
> be setup ok. We are running a pre1 kernel. One interesting fact come
> to light is the cpuspeed reported in /proc/cpuinfo is only 15.2MHz
> rather than the 16.5ishMHz that is supposed to be running. We have not
> changed any of the PLL settings. This difference is in the order of the
> 7% we are looking for, so somewhere in the kernel timing code or timer
> setup stuff something must be awry. The fact that the onboard rtc is
> maintaining real time indicates that the 32kHz xtal is near enough the
> correct frequency.

The /proc/cpuinfo has not been verified to be accurate.

Michael Durrant

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