NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit S-35710 Low-Power Wake Up Timer Breakout – STEMMA QT / Qwiic

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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit S-35710 Low-Power Wake Up Timer Breakout – STEMMA QT / Qwiic


The Adafruit S-35710 Wake Up Timer is a low-power ‘watchdog timer’ chip that can be programmed to alert with a digitally-configurable alarm from 1 second up to 194 days, thanks to a 24-bit second counter. It’s an interesting alternative to a real-time clock or internal sleep timer and might be useful for some ultra-low-power projects that want to have a separate (and possibly separately-powered) chip to handle time-keeping and alarms. We covered this component on EYE ON NPI and thought it would make for a nice breakout in the shop.

Usage is pretty simple: on an I2C write of the timer register, the chip starts counting from 0 seconds up, and the OUT pin goes high. When the count matches the timer register, the OUT pin goes low. It’s simple, and like we mentioned, it’s very low-power, drawing only 0.2uA. The output is open-drain, and if you want to have it inverted, a switch will put the signal through an N-channel FET so the polarity goes the other way.

One thing to note is that on power-up, the OUT line is default low, which means it’s not good for a low-power sleep manager, only for watchdog-like timings. That is to say, you cannot connect this to your microcontroller’s reset or enable the line to self-depower because it will be disabled/reset when powered up. Still, it may be a useful chip for some folks who want to signal after a long delay or have a more complex power management scheme.

To get you going fast, we spun up a custom-made PCB in the STEMMA QT form factor, making it easy to interface. The STEMMA QT connectors on either side are compatible with the SparkFun Qwiic I2C connectors. This allows you to make solderless connections between your development board and the S-35710 or to chain it with a wide range of other sensors and accessories using a compatible cable.

In stock and shipping now!

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