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Topic: 24LC256 EEPROM - Low Write Delay? (Read 2926 times) previous topic - next topic

WilliamK Govinda

Guys, I'm using the 24LC256 EEPROM from SparkFun.com, and I wish to know if its possible to lower the delay it takes to write a single byte. Below is the code I'm using, but from the PDF details I see there's an option to check the chip if its ready to continue or not, after you write a byte to it.

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  void writeEEPROM(int deviceaddress, unsigned int eeaddress, byte data )
    Wire.send((int)(eeaddress >> 8));   // MSB
    Wire.send((int)(eeaddress & 0xFF)); // LSB

From: http://10kohms.com/arduino-external-eeprom-24lc256

Thanks for any help, WilliamK


5ms is the max guaranteed time for a write cycle, according to the datasheet: http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/devicedoc/21203m.pdf
You can lower it, but you take a chance (your data may not be written).


I haven't seen any Arduino code to check the write status, but as you've seen the data sheet says it's possible.

I worked around the problem by latency hiding.  I used multiple EEPROMs and wrote to them sequentially, and interspersed some computation between the write sequences.



kg4wsv, thanks for sharing. That's a smart way!

WilliamK, I've been looking for a while and couldn't find a thing. The I2C library in arduino is like an onion, layer after layer. There's like wire, TWI, etc. I couldn't find anywhere to access status bit on the bus. I think I made a post and didn't get much response. My guts feeling is that it is not possible unless you want to modify the library. Currently the I2C library just takes a whole bunch of bytes, and only writes the bytes when the communication is terminated by the call Wire.endTransmission().
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WilliamK Govinda

Thanks guys, it all makes sense.  8)

Well, my current project can live with the latency, but it would sure be nice if it didn't have it. ;-)

In any event, I will deal with this later on.


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