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RTC 10 Click with EasyPIC v8

Published Oct 20, 2023

Click board™

RTC 10 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v8


NECTO Studio



Ensure accurate timestamping and synchronization of data with advanced real-time clock, elevating the performance of your solution



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

RTC 10 Click is based on the DS3231M, a low-cost, extremely accurate, I2C real-time clock (RTC) from Analog Devices. Thanks to its high integration level, it provides high time accuracy, with a very low count of external components required. It has a full RTC function, offering programmable counters, alarms, and an interrupt engine with selectable event reporting sources. The small dimensions of the DS3231M itself, allow it to be used in very space-constrained applications, including wearables, medical equipment, and similar. In addition to the DS3231M, RTC 10 click is equipped with the button cell battery holder compatible with the 3000TR batteryholder, suitable for 12mm Coin Cell batteries. By utilizing an automatic backup switch, the IC is able to use an external battery power source when there is no power supply on its main power terminals, thus allowing for uninterrupted operation. The RTC maintains seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, month, and year information. The date at the end of the month 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. Two programmable time-of day alarms and a 1Hz output are provided. Address and data are transferred serially through an I2C bidirectional bus. A precision temperature-compensated voltage reference and comparator circuit monitors the status of VCC to detect power failures, to provide a reset output, and to automatically switch to the backup supply when necessary. Additionally, the RST pin is monitored as a pushbutton input for generating a microprocessor reset and is routed to the RST pin on the mikroBUS™ socket. The temperature sensor, oscillator, and digital adjustment controller logic form the highly accurate time base. The controller reads the output of the on-board temperature sensor and adjusts the final 1Hz output to maintain the required accuracy. The device is trimmed at the factory to maintain a tight accuracy over the operating temperature range.

When the device is powered by VCC, the adjustment occurs once a second. When the device is powered by VBAT, the adjustment occurs once every 10s to conserve power. Adjusting the 1Hz time base less often does not affect the device’s long-term timekeeping accuracy. The device also contains an Aging Offset register that allows a constant offset (positive or negative) to be added to the factory-trimmed adjustment value. The I2C interface is accessible whenever either VCC or VBAT is at a valid level. If a microcontroller connected to the device resets because of a loss of VCC or other event, it is possible that the microcontroller and device’s I2C communications could become unsynchronized. e.g., the microcontroller resets while reading data from the device. When the microcontroller resets, the device’s I2C interface can be placed into a known state by toggling SCL until SDA is observed to be at a high level. At that point the microcontroller should pull SDA low while SCL is high, generating a START condition.

RTC 10 Click top side image
RTC 10 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports many high pin count 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, EasyPIC v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the EasyPIC v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module, which offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment, the board also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector.

Communication options such as USB-UART, USB DEVICE, and CAN are also included, including the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, two display options (graphical and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from the smallest PIC MCU devices with only eight up to forty pins. EasyPIC v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

EasyPIC v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Analog ECG Output
Power Supply
I2C Clock
I2C Data
Power Supply

Take a closer look


RTC 10 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v8 as your development board.

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 40 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v8 DIP MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto DIP image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for RTC 10 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • rtc10_generic_write - Generic write function.

  • rtc10_generic_read - Generic read function.

  • rtc10_hw_reset - Hardware reset function.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * \file 
 * \brief Rtc10 Click example
 * # Description
 * This application is a real-time clock module.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initialization driver enable's - I2C,
 * hardware reset, set start time and date, enable counting also, write log.
 * ## Application Task  
 * This is an example which demonstrates the use of RTC 10 Click board.
 * RTC 10 Click communicates with register via I2C interface,
 * set time and date, enable counting and display time and date values,
 * also, display temperature value for every 1 sec.
 * Results are being sent to the Usart Terminal where you can track their changes.
 * All data logs write on Usart Terminal changes for every 1 sec.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "rtc10.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static rtc10_t rtc10;
static log_t logger;

uint8_t sec_flag;

// ------------------------------------------------------ APPLICATION FUNCTIONS

void display_day_of_the_week( uint8_t day_of_the_week )
    if ( day_of_the_week == 1 )
        log_printf( &logger, "      Monday    \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 2 )
        log_printf( &logger, "      Tuesday   \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 3 )
        log_printf( &logger, "     Wednesday  \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 4 )
        log_printf( &logger, "     Thursday   \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 5 )
        log_printf( &logger, "      Friday    \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 6 )
        log_printf( &logger, "     Saturday   \r\n\n " );
    if ( day_of_the_week == 7 )
        log_printf( &logger, "      Sunday    \r\n\n " );

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    rtc10_cfg_t cfg;

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Init ----" );

    //  Click initialization.

    rtc10_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    rtc10_init( &rtc10, &cfg );

    Delay_ms( 1000 );
    sec_flag = 0xFF;

    log_printf( &logger, "------------------- \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "  Hardware  Reset   \r\n" );
    rtc10_hw_reset(  &rtc10 );
    Delay_ms( 1000 );

    // Set Time: 23h, 59 min and 50 sec
    rtc10_set_time(  &rtc10, 23, 59, 50 );
    Delay_ms( 10 );

    // Set Date: 6 ( Day of the week: Saturday ), 31 ( day ), 8 ( month ) and 2019 ( year )
    rtc10_set_date(  &rtc10,  6, 31, 8, 2019 );
    Delay_ms( 100 );

    log_printf( &logger, "-------------------  \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "  Enable Counting  \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------- \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "     Start RTC      \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------- \r\n" );
    rtc10_enable_counting(  &rtc10 );
    Delay_ms( 100 );

void application_task ( void )
    uint8_t i;
    uint8_t time_hours = 0;
    uint8_t time_minutes = 0;
    uint8_t time_seconds = 0;

    uint8_t day_of_the_week = 0;
    uint8_t date_day = 0;
    uint8_t date_month = 0;
    uint8_t date_year = 0;
    float temperature;
    rtc10_get_time( &rtc10, &time_hours, &time_minutes, &time_seconds );
    Delay_ms( 100 );

    rtc10_get_date( &rtc10, &day_of_the_week, &date_day, &date_month, &date_year );
    Delay_ms( 100 );

    if ( sec_flag !=  time_seconds )
        log_printf( &logger, " \r\n\n Time: %u:%u:%u  ", (uint16_t)time_hours, (uint16_t)time_minutes, (uint16_t)time_seconds );
        log_printf( &logger, "Date: %u. %u. 20%u. ", (uint16_t)date_day, (uint16_t)date_month, (uint16_t)date_year );
        display_day_of_the_week( day_of_the_week );
        if ( time_seconds == 0 )
            temperature = rtc10_get_temperature( &rtc10 );

            log_printf( &logger, "\r\n\n Temp.:%.2f C", temperature);
        log_printf( &logger, "--------------------------------------------" );

        sec_flag =  time_seconds;

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

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