Deep sleep vs Light sleep

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Deep sleep vs Light sleep

Postby avdalimov14 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:37 pm

Hello Folks!

Me and my team are about do some serious power management optimization and we are wondering...:

What is ligth sleep mode differ from deep sleep mode?
We read esp-idf docs and found that they share same wake-up sources, even on both the ULP Co-Processor may run when entering sleep mode.

We found two differences:
1. Current consumption (derivative from powered on peripherals)
2. when going back from Light Sleep Mode, peripherals and CPUs resume operation, their internal state is preserved ( I didn't confirmed it but it is written on esp-idf docs)

Thanks for help!!


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Re: Deep sleep vs Light sleep

Postby hassan789 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:45 pm


Deep sleep
--almost all clocks are off
--RTC domain can be kept powered (can save 8kB into ram)
--waking from deep sleep causes a reset
--chip should consume in the uA range

Light Sleep
--Processor core is stopped, but can resume from same location in code (full ram retention)
--if modem is off, the chip should consume <1mA

There is also Modem Sleep if you are doing wifi.

The holy grail for the esp32 is Light-Sleep + Modem Sleep DTIM3 while associated to Wifi. The ESP team is working towards that goal, I believe.

You should read these fully: ... _modes.rst ... gement.rst ... p-stub.rst

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