the address counter would point to location 7 on the
page that was just written. If the master supplies more
than the maximum bytes in a page, then the previously
loaded data is over written by the new data, one byte at
The master terminates the Data Byte loading by issuing
a stop condition, which causes the device to begin the
non-volatile write cycle. As with the byte write operation,
all inputs are disabled until completion of the internal
write cycle. Refer to Figure 8 for the address, acknowl-
edge, and data transfer sequence.
Stops and Write Modes
Stop conditions that terminate write operations must be
sent by the master after sending at least 1 full data byte
and it’s associated ACK signal. If a stop is issued in the
middle of a data byte, or before 1 full data byte + ACK is
sent, then the device will reset itself without performing
the write. The contents of the array will not be affected.
The disabling of the inputs during non-volatile write
cycles can be used to take advantage of the typical
5mS write cycle time. Once the stop condition is issued
to indicate the end of the master’s byte load operation,
the device initiates the internal non-volatile write cycle.
Acknowledge polling can be initiated immediately. To
do this, the master issues a start condition followed by
the Slave Address Byte for a write or read operation. If
the device is still busy with the non-volatile write cycle
then no ACK will be returned. If the device has com-
pleted the write operation, an ACK will be returned and
the host can then proceed with the read or write operation.
Refer to the flow chart in Table 9.
There are three basic read operations: Current Address
Read, Random Read, and Sequential Read.
Current Address Read
Internally the device contains an address counter that
maintains the address of the last word read incre-
mented by one. Therefore, if the last read was to
address n, the next read operation would access data
from address n+1. On power up, the sixteen bit address
is initialized to 0h. In this way, a current address read
can be initiated immediately after the power on reset to
download the contents of memory starting at the first
Figure 9. Acknowledge Polling Sequence
Byte load completed
by issuing STOP.
Enter ACK Polling
(Read or Write)
Read or Write
Upon receipt of the Slave Address Byte with the R/W bit
set to one, the device issues an acknowledge and then
transmits the eight bits of the Data Byte. The master ter-
minates the read operation when it does not respond
with an acknowledge during the ninth clock and then
issues a stop condition. Refer to Figure 10 for the
address, acknowledge, and data transfer sequence.
It should be noted that the ninth clock cycle of the read
operation is not a “don’t care.” To terminate a read
operation, the master must either issue a stop condition
during the ninth cycle or hold SDA HIGH during the
ninth clock cycle and then issue a stop condition.