I am new to electronics and would appreciate any help. I am trying to design a watchdog timer circuit using the TI WDT (mfg part # TPS3813K33DBVT). I am using it to reset an Arduino (I wish to use an external WDT).

So far so good, it works a treat and I have it asserting an active low to the reset pin of an Arduino. If the WDT is not tickled within the window the Arduino resets as expected. When the reset line is asserted it is held low for 25ms per the datasheet.

I would like to make a change and this is where I am stuck. Instead of asserting the Arduino reset pin I would like to temporarily cut off power to the Arduino. i.e. power cycle for around 60 seconds. The reason is that I will have other modules attached to the Arduino that may not necessarily observe the reset and would need a full power cycle to reboot properly.

I was thinking of using an IC load switch for this purpose like FDC6330L which is essentially always on. Asserting the reset pin would turn off the FDC6330L for 25ms. My attempted circuit is attached .. how can I extend the delay of 25ms to 60s? The max time delay ("td") of the TPS3813K33DBVT is 30ms.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You need a "pulse stretcher" circuit. There are many approaches in varying technologies... but by the time you get to a 60 second delay, counting occurrences of a shorter period may be more practical. Beware that you must not only remove power but also remove all signals, both to comply with data sheet limits and also because the presence of signals while unpowered can prevent a clean power-on reset or initialization of many parts, and instead result in invalid state or partial retention of old state. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2018 at 5:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ If your WDT is reliably resetting the Arduino, why not simply write initialization code to ensure all your other modules are correctly reset (use the Arduino to power cycle the modules). \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2018 at 5:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ I plan to add a cellular module and from reading forum posts relating to this module some users encounter SIM-tower related issues that are only resolved with a power cycle and not resolved with a software reset "AT" command sent to the modem. These units will eventually be deployed remotely and hence I am attempting to cover all likely support vectors, as opposed to sending a tech onsite to reboot. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kurtle
    Jan 12, 2018 at 5:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could a pulse stretcher circuit be achieved with something like a slow charging capacitor and transistor? \$\endgroup\$
    – Kurtle
    Jan 12, 2018 at 6:00

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Here's an approach you might also consider (in addition to the 74121/74123 family):


simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

The TPS3813 uses an open-drain output, which is great. You currently use a \$10\:\text{k}\Omega\$ pull-up. Move that so that it becomes \$R_4\$ in the above circuit. (Do not pull up the output of the TPS3813, anymore. \$R_3\$ in the above circuit will have to perform the function, except that it is now a part of the timing so it is important that you don't mess that up with an added pull-up on pin 6, now.)

The two diodes provide a discharge path for \$C_1\$, but \$D_2\$ is more important than \$D_1\$. When the reset pulls low, \$M_1\$ turns on and pulls on the base of \$Q_1\$ and turning it on. (The value of \$R_1\$ should be of the right size to ensure that the collector of \$Q_1\$ can sink the current you require for the reset.) \$C_1\$ is then pulled rapidly downward and this also pulls down on \$M_1\$'s gate.

When pin 6 of the TPS3813 de-asserts, \$C_1\$ starts charging through \$R_3\$ and this eventually causes \$M_1\$ to turn off and remove the base current drive to \$Q_1\$. \$Q_1\$ turns off now and \$R_4\$ rapidly pulls up on one end of \$C_1\$, attempting to drive the gate of \$M_1\$ above \$V_{CC}\$. (This is why \$D_2\$ is present. To help rapidly discharge \$C_1\$ during this phase.)

You should be able to get fairly long and reliable timing because of the use of a MOSFET here.


What you are looking for is called a monostable multivibrator. They exist in many formats. The 74xx121 is a typical example. Also a 555 timer can be used as such. For 60 seconds I think the 555 is well suited. Use a searchengine with 'monostable multivibrator' in image mode will give you lots of circuits.


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