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The PCF8593 is a CMOS1 clock and calendar circuit, optimized for low power consumption. Addresses and data are transferred serially via the two-line bidirectional I²C-bus. The built-in word address register is incremented automatically after each written or read data byte. The built-in 32.768 kHz oscillator circuit and the first 8 bytes of the RAM are used for the clock, calendar, and counter functions. The next 8 bytes can be programmed as alarm registers or used as free RAM space.