Re: [uCsimm] Battery Backup RTC

From: Tom Walsh (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 07:04:06 EDT

SZ wrote:
> Unfortunately there is current leak to the peripheral chips such as Flash
> and DRAM. This will drain out the battery in short time. From my
> observation, if I separated the power of DragonBall from main Vcc and off
> the main Vcc with Dragonball on power, it drains about 4mA. This is not
> acceptable for backup battery.

Exactly why I used an external RTC for my design, the DS1306 uses about
1ua of current when on powerdown and with a Lithium cell powering it
(see: '').

Are you absolutely sure that you placed the controller into a DEEP sleep
mode? There is two modes of powerdown, with & without dram refresh. As
for the leakage, that sounds high, did you place the ethernet chip into
SLEEP mode as well? You might be observing the idle current of the


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