July 31, 2012 -- When developing code to operate a real-time clock (RTC), it is often beneficial to understand how the clock-core operating logic has been defined. We all have a fundamental comprehension of how a clock and calendar should operate when properly programmed, but insight into the expected chip behavior if improper or illegal contents are somehow installed also is helpful. The software must ensure the proper values are written to the chip.
By Larry A. Jones. (Jones is a senior member of the technical staff at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.