As part of a Geekcreit sensor kit which I recently got from banggood, there was this RTC aka Real Time Clock module. Out of the list of 45 sensors , I picked this one as my first to get it working with Arduino and Orange Pi Zero.
The Real Time Clock module is used in projects where you need to know the date and the time. Now there are many methods to fetch time to a system. Some of the common methods depending on the location of the project are Network Time Server, GPS and if you are in Germany you can also use DCF77. In these methods it depends on wireless or Internet communication and depending on your project it might be an unreliable source of time keeping. So here comes the RTC, where there is a small chip which is always run by a coin cell battery to maintain the time. If you ever open your PC or laptop you can see BIOS battery which does keep your RTC running and that is how you get the right date and time even after you shutdown.
If you want to setup Orange Pi Zero from scratch then follow my earlier post on How to setup Orange Pi Zero.
Real Time Clock Module:
The RTC Module is using the chip DS1302 from Dallas. In the first glance its deceivingly looking like a chip which supports I2C and then later after reading the datasheet it was clear that it does not use I2C instead it uses a simple serial interface.The DS1302 provides seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, month, and year information. The end of the month date is automatically adjusted for months with fewer than 31 days, including corrections for leap year. The clock operates in either the 24 hour or 12 hour format with an AM/PM indicator. The chip pin out looks like this.
The Vcc2 and GND are the power supply to the chip, X1 and X2 are connected to oscillator, Vcc1 and GND is used by 3V CR2032 coin cell battery and the pins CLK, IO and CE are part of the simple serial interface or otherwise called 3-wire interface. Basically its much similar to SPI just that MISO and MOSI are multiplexed in to a single IO line.
Orange Pi Zero Connection:
I used Orange Pi Zero for this connection. I used Pin 2, 0 and 6 for CLK , IO and CE. The pin numbering I use is based on Wiring Pi and not Orange Pi for better understanding refer to the images below.
I am using wiringPi library for Orange Pi Zero. you can get it from here, https://github.com/xpertsavenue/WiringOP-Zero .
git clone https://github.com/xpertsavenue/WiringOP-Zero cd WiringOP-Zero chmod +x ./build ./build
I have modified the example code, which exist in WiringOP-Zero/examples/ds1302.c
cd WiringOP-Zero/examples/ ###open the ds1302.c vi ds1302.c ####replace ds1302setup&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;amp;nbsp; (0, 1, 2) ; ds1302setup(2, 0, 6) ; #### recompile make ds1302
The output of the code,
$./ds1302 0: 12:45:21 22/03/2017 1: 12:45:22 22/03/2017 2: 12:45:23 22/03/2017 3: 12:45:24 22/03/2017
You can use this module for making project such as alarm clock, stop watch, pomodoro timer, scheduled timer for task like watering plant and many more.