This little breakout board is a real-time clock (RTC) module that uses the Maxim DS1340 to keep track of the current year/month/day and time, with a second-by-second resolution.
The DS1340 is accessed through the I2C communication protocol. We have prepared a library for Arduino and a sketch to configure and test the RTC, that you can find in the links here below.
The board includes a rechargeable lithium cell battery that keeps the RTC in time even when the board is not powered and thus provides an automatic backup supply. The battery can be recharged with the DS1340 internal trickle charger that is enabled/disable with an I2C command or a library call. The backup battery will keep the RTC in time for no less than six months.
The module comes tested, configured and fully assembled as shown in the picture with everything you need to start using the RTC. On the board you can find the DS1340, the battery, crystal, the pull-up I2C resistors and 0.1″ (2.54mm) pins with all the required signals.
The module comes pre-programmed with GMT+1 time.
- RTC counts seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, month, and year
- 2.9V to 5.5V power supply
- Software clock calibration
- Rechargeable lithium battery
- Small size: 18x14x2mm, including battery
- I2C interface (up to 400kHz fast mode)
- Low timekeeping voltage down to 1.3V