# Arduino Atmega328 sleep mode with internal timer interrupt

I am trying to reduce the current consumption of my Atmega328 -Arduino- by using the sleep modes. In my code, I want to wake-up every 10ms, read the value from ADC, and go to the sleep mode again.

There are some useful instructions (here and here), but most of them are either based on Watch Dog Timre or external interrupt from pins.

Here is the simplified code of mine, but doesn't work (it doesn't go to the interrupt handler function):

In the setup, I take care of the Timer and its handler:

void setup() {
Serial.begin(19200);

Timer1.initialize(10000);  //10ms sampling rate

power_spi_disable(); // SPI
power_timer0_disable();// Timer 0
}


The rest of the code including loop() is as follows:

void ReadMyADC(){
sleep_disable();
PRR = PRR & 0b00000000;
Serial.print("sth");
}
void loop() {
// ----------------low power ---------------
PRR = PRR | 0b00100000;
sleep_enable();
set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_STANDBY);
EIMSK |= _BV(INT0);            //enable INT0
cli();
mcucr1 = MCUCR | _BV(BODS) | _BV(BODSE);  //turn off the brown-out detector
mcucr2 = mcucr1 & ~_BV(BODSE);
MCUCR = mcucr1;
MCUCR = mcucr2;
sei();                         //ensure interrupts enabled so we can wake up again
sleep_cpu();                   //go to sleep
sleep_disable();               //wake up here
Serial.print("Wake\n");
}


Apparently, Timer1 is not able to exit the cpu from sleep mode. Do you have any idea how to manage that, or where the problem is?

• Look at the data sheet for the Atmega. You'll find that for all deeper sleep modes than idle and adc noise reduction mode only the wdt, an external interrupt, or an asynchronous timer (external 32kHz quartz) can wake up the CPU. – JimmyB Mar 18 '17 at 14:39

Deeper sleep modes turn off more of the chip to reduce current consumption.

The deeper modes turns off the timer counters since they consume quite a bit of current.

Use the watchdog timer in interrupt mode instead, or for max power down, use a micro driven external RC decay to interrupt the micro after a short period.

• the watchdog timer does not support interrupts with higher frequency than 64Hz. So, it seems that for a frequency of 100Hz, I need to use Timer1 at SLEEP_MODE_IDLE with unnecessary peripherals shut down. – Farzad Mar 19 '17 at 11:10

Sleep_Mode_Standby does not allow Timer1 to run since the clock domain is turned off. You can only use Timer1 in Sleep_Mode_Idle, your code should work if you use that mode.

Use the WDT since it has it's own clock at 128 kHz that is enabled whenever it is on.

Code such as this may work for you:

#include <avr/sleep.h>
#include <avr/wdt.h>

void setup () { }

const byte LED = 13;   //Nano LED

void flashLED ()
{
pinMode (LED, OUTPUT);
// Flash the LED
for (byte i = 0; i < 10; i++)
{
digitalWrite (LED, HIGH);
delay (50);
digitalWrite (LED, LOW);
delay (50);
}
}

// Watchdog ISR routine
ISR (WDT_vect)
{
wdt_disable();  // disable watchdog
// Return from ISR
}

void loop ()
{

flashLED ();

// clear all MCUSR flags
MCUSR = 0;
// allow changes, disable reset pin
WDTCSR = bit (WDCE) | bit (WDE);
// set interrupt mode and an interval
WDTCSR = bit (WDIE) | bit (WDP2) | bit (WDP1) | bit (WDP0);    // set WDIE, and 2 second WDT delay
wdt_reset();  // Start the timer

set_sleep_mode (SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN);
noInterrupts ();           // timed sequence follows
sleep_enable();

// turn off brown-out detector
MCUCR = bit (BODS) | bit (BODSE);
MCUCR = bit (BODS);
interrupts ();
sleep_cpu ();

// Sleep here in powerdown state
// Return here after WDT return from ISR

// disable sleep
sleep_disable();