The battery-backed memory offers a simple solution to storing and retrieving information pertaining to the equipment where the DS2423 is installed and its frequency of use. The scratchpad is an additional page that acts as a buffer when writing to memory. Data is first written to the scratchpad where it may be read back for verification. A copy scratchpad command will then transfer the data to memory. This process ensures data integrity when modifying the memory. A 64-bit registration number is factory lasered into each DS2423 to provide a guaranteed unique identity which allows for absolute traceability and acts as node address if multiple DS2423 are connected in parallel to form a local network. Data is transferred serially via the 1-Wire protocol, which requires only a single data lead and a ground return.
The DS2423 1-Wire RAM with Counters can store encrypted data. The unique registration number and the page write cycle counter(s) prevent unauthorized manipulation of data stored in a page with a write cycle counter associated.
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