Power Management


NetModule OEM Linux Distribution provides two standard high-level power management strategies:

  • system-wide power management,

  • working-state power management.

System-wide power management strategy is using global low-power states to reduce system activity. In these states, referred as sleep states, user space code cannot be executed. Depending on sleep state supported by the platform, different levels of energy saving can be achieved. To get back to the working state, the system expects to receive a special signal from one of the designated devices.

Working-state power management strategy corresponds to adjusting the power states of individual hardware components.

Supported hardware

  • DA9063 System PMIC

Supported sleep states


This state provides a relatively straightforward transition back to the working state. In this state the system core logic retains power and no operating state is lost. It offers moderate, real energy savings.

PMIC’s Power Down Mode

Platforms with DA9063 System PMIC can support more sophisticated energy saving options by disabling the system power domain. The system power domain is enabled on a signal received from a preconfigured wake-up device.

Supported wake-up scenarios

  • RTC based alarm

  • IMU based events: single-tap, double-tap

  • ONKEY event

  • KL15 event

Smart Battery

NetModule OEM Linux Distribution can run on devices supplied by a smart battery. To get current status of the battery our distribution provides a battery test tool.

User space tools and configuration

Enter standby state:

$ echo standby > /sys/power/state

Wake up from standby after 10 seconds:

rtcwake -d /dev/rtc0 -m standby -s 10

or without rtcwake in your image:

echo +10 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm && echo standby > /sys/power/state

Enter PMIC’s power down mode:

$ poweroff

Start system after ~1 min when in PMIC’s power down mode:

echo +60 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm && poweroff

Using a battery test:

$ batterytest -h
battery tool

  batterytest -v         get voltage
  batterytest -a         get current
  batterytest -t         do battery test

Main modes of operation:
 -h, --help              print this help
 -A, --all               print all battery information
 -v, --voltage           get battery voltage
 -a, --current           get battery current
 -c, --capacity          get remaining capacity
 -r, --reg               raw mode, register access
 -t, --test              run battery test