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5v and 3.3v supply voltage

by nemo000111 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:03 am

Hi,

I'm working on designing a project that will have a zigbee radio, an attiny84, and a few sensors. This will need to run off batteries (a few AA). My question is on the power supply circuitry. Do I run everything off of 3.3v (the tiny84 will run at a lower frequency on 3.3v), or have separate 5v and 3.3v circuitry (no logic level conversion will be needed). I've been toying with the idea of going the 3.3v and 5v route, however I'm not sure of an elegant way to do it. If I go the route of several diodes to get the voltage drop from 5v to 3.3v I'd be running everything through the one dc converter. Also, it wouldn't be exactly 3.3v. If I use a second dc converter, it would about double the components needed just for power regulation and control. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks much.
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Re: 5v and 3.3v supply voltage

by adafruit_support_bill on Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:36 am

A single supply is easier all the way around. No need for level conversion or multiple regulators/converters etc. For a battery powered project especially, fewer components will draw less power and give you a longer run time.
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