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Arduino and PCF8563 RTC example

The PCF8563 is a CMOS Real-Time Clock (RTC) and calendar optimized for low power consumption. A programmable clock output, interrupt output, and voltage-low detector are also provided. All addresses and data are transferred serially via a two-line bidirectional I²C-bus. Maximum bus speed is 400 kbit/s.

This is an easy to use module for this device

Features

  • Provides year, month, day, weekday, hours, minutes, and seconds based on a 32.768 kHz quartz crystal
  • Century flag
  • Clock operating voltage: 1.0 V to 5.5 V at room temperature
  • Low backup current; typical 0.25 μA at VDD = 3.0 V and Tamb = 25 °C
  • 400 kHz two-wire I²C-bus interface (at VDD = 1.8 V to 5.5 V)
  • Programmable clock output for peripheral devices (32.768 kHz, 1.024 kHz, 32 Hz, and 1 Hz)
  • Alarm and timer functions
  • Integrated oscillator capacitor
  • Internal Power-On Reset (POR)
  • I²C-bus slave address: read A3h and write A2h
  • Open-drain interrupt pin

 

This is the schematic for a typical module

pcf8563 schematic

pcf8563 schematic

Here is how to connect the module to your Arduino

Connection

Arduino Pin Module Pin
 5v  Vcc
GND Gnd
A5 SCL
A4 SDA

 

Code

You do not need a library but I downloaded the library from https://bitbucket.org/orbitalair/arduino_rtc_pcf8563/downloads

This is one of the basic examples

/* Demonstration of Rtc_Pcf8563 Alarms. 
 *
 * The Pcf8563 has an interrupt output, Pin3.
 * Pull Pin3 HIGH with a resistor, I used a 10kohm to 5v.
 * I used a RBBB with Arduino IDE, the pins are mapped a 
 * bit differently.  Change for your hw.
 * SCK - A5, SDA - A4, INT - D3/INT1
 *
 * After loading and starting the sketch, use the serial monitor
 * to see the clock output.
 * 
 * setup:  see Pcf8563 data sheet.
 *         1x 10Kohm pullup on Pin3 INT
 *         No pullups on Pin5 or Pin6 (I2C internals used)
 *         1x 0.1pf on power
 *         1x 32khz chrystal
 *
 * Joe Robertson, jmr
 * orbitalair@bellsouth.net
 */
#include <Wire.h>
#include <Rtc_Pcf8563.h>
 
/* get a real time clock object */
Rtc_Pcf8563 rtc;
/* a flag for the interrupt */
volatile int alarm_flag=0;
 
/* the interrupt service routine */
void blink()
{
  alarm_flag=1;
}
 
void setup()
{
  pinMode(3, INPUT);           // set pin to input
  digitalWrite(3, HIGH);       // turn on pullup resistors
 
  Serial.begin(9600);
 
  /* setup int on pin 3 of arduino */
  attachInterrupt(1, blink, FALLING);
  /* clear out all the registers */
  rtc.initClock();
  /* set a time to start with.
   * day, weekday, month, century, year */
  rtc.setDate(14, 6, 3, 0, 10);
  /* hr, min, sec */
  rtc.setTime(1, 15, 40);
  /* set an alarm for 20 secs later...
   * alarm pin goes low when match occurs
   * this triggers the interrupt routine
   * min, hr, day, weekday 
   * 99 = no alarm value to be set
   */
  rtc.setAlarm(16, 99, 99, 99);
}
 
void loop()
{
  /* each sec update the display */
  Serial.print(rtc.formatTime());
  Serial.print("  ");
  Serial.print(rtc.formatDate());
  Serial.print("  0x");
  Serial.print(rtc.getStatus2(), HEX);
  Serial.print("\r\n");
  delay(1000);
  if (alarm_flag==1){
    clr_alarm();
  }
 
}
 
void clr_alarm()
{
  detachInterrupt(1);
  Serial.print("blink!\r\n");
 
  rtc.clearAlarm();
  delay(1000);
  alarm_flag=0;
  attachInterrupt(1, blink, FALLING);
}

 

Links
PCF8563 RTC Board PCF8563T CMOS Real-time Clock/Calendar Development Module

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