2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2015 10:34 AM by Itstechpro

    Edison / Arduino current drain with 3.3 volt supply


      Does anyone have information about the current drain of the Edison / Arduino combo using a 3.3 volt supply?  Specifically, with no shields connected to the breakout board and no GPIO pins connected externally.  WiFi and Bluetooth OFF.

      Idle and active states.



        • 1. Re: Edison / Arduino current drain with 3.3 volt supply

          Hello Itstechpro,


          According to the Arduino Hardware Guide, page 18: Intel® Edison Boards — Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino* Hardware Guide, the Edison module operates at 200mA, and during Wi-Fi transmit bursts, the current could reach 600mA for milliseconds. In case of the Arduino Expansion Board, the sum of current could exceed 500mA. However, since you need the current drain under specific conditions, I recommend you to make a test to measure the current drained by the Arduino Expansion Board under such conditions. You can use an amperemeter to measure the total current drained by your board in the conditions you need.




          • 2. Re: Edison / Arduino current drain with 3.3 volt supply

            Thanks Diego,  I saw those values in the hardware guide but I also saw an idle power with radios off of ~15mW, or a little less than 5mA at 3.3 volts.  In a quick test during boot, I measured from 50mA to 200 mA with short peaks above that which were probably due to the radios.  That was with a lab grade DVM.  I intend to do a dynamic measurement with a DC current probe and oscilloscope but wondered if Intel had done any additional characterization of the Edison since the hardware guide was published.


            The active circuits of the Arduino breakout board when operating from a 3.3 volt supply instead of the external PS or USB power represents a rather low drain .. the ADC for example, only takes a couple of mA.


            I'll post measurement results when I get far enough into the project.