RTC driver for Kinetis.

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Re: RTC driver for Kinetis.

Postby Giovanni » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:45 pm

Only 1) is an error.

Most RTCs have calendar-like registers like the mentioned RTCv2, Kinetis appears to be the exception with its 32 bits counter, the same solution of STM32F1 devices incidentally. This is why RTCv1 is not done yet, probably the code could be shared.

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Re: RTC driver for Kinetis.

Postby SpaceCoaster » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:38 pm


I added conversions between RTCDateTime and time_t to the Kinetis rtc_lld.c based on the toolchain provided mktime() and localtime_r() functions.

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void RTCDateTime2TimeT(time_t *tt, const RTCDateTime *dtp);
void TimeT2RTCDateTime(const time_t *tt, RTCDateTime *dtp);

The downside is that it adds 3.5K to the program size due to the library sizes. The code could definitely be renamed and shared.

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Re: RTC driver for Kinetis.

Postby colin » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:56 pm

SpaceCoaster wrote:Hmmm, DST changes at between 2AM and 3AM in the US. Some nights have 2 x 2:30AM, some nights have none. Alarms which span DST changes would be tricky.

Absolutely that is a huge concern. DST makes things ugly. I have always wondered if the DST time change "repeated hour" or 2AM-3AM could play a part in some 2:30AM murder case where the suspect's alibi places him 50 miles from the crime scene at 2:30AM. But which 2:30AM is it?! There is not even a way to represent that!

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Re: RTC driver for Kinetis.

Postby fpga_comp » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:28 am

Not all ports are going to have RTC. You can only rely on binary counters on Kinetic K2X or low end micros e.g. AVR.
So either you are going to need to emulate the RTC in software via 1 second interrupts or simply use binary counters for time stamps.

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