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LowPowerTicker class hierarchy

The LowPowerTicker class has the same methods as the Ticker class but operates in deep sleep mode and has less resolution. Use the LowPowerTicker interface to set up a recurring interrupt when you only need millisecond accuracy; it calls a function repeatedly and at a specified rate. Because the LowPowerTicker class can operate in deep sleep mode, it does not block deep sleep when active.

You can create any number of LowPowerTicker objects, allowing multiple outstanding interrupts at the same time. The function can be a static function, a member function of a particular object or a Callback object.

Warnings and notes

  • No blocking code in ISR: avoid any calls to wait, infinite while loops or blocking calls in general.

  • No printf, malloc or new in ISR: avoid any calls to bulky library functions. In particular, certain library functions (such as printf, malloc and new) are not re-entrant, and their behavior could be corrupted when called from an ISR.

LowPowerTicker class reference

Additional Inherited Members
 Public Member Functions inherited from mbed::Ticker
 Ticker (const ticker_data_t *data)
void attach (Callback< void()> func, float t)
template<typename T , typename M >
void attach (T *obj, M method, float t)
void attach_us (Callback< void()> func, us_timestamp_t t)
template<typename T , typename M >
void attach_us (T *obj, M method, us_timestamp_t t)
void detach ()
 Public Member Functions inherited from mbed::TimerEvent
 TimerEvent (const ticker_data_t *data)
virtual ~TimerEvent ()
 Static Public Member Functions inherited from mbed::TimerEvent
static void irq (uint32_t id)
 Protected Member Functions inherited from mbed::Ticker
void setup (us_timestamp_t t)
virtual void handler ()
 Protected Member Functions inherited from mbed::TimerEvent
void insert (timestamp_t timestamp)
void insert_absolute (us_timestamp_t timestamp)
void remove ()
 Protected Attributes inherited from mbed::Ticker
us_timestamp_t _delay
Callback< void()> _function
bool _lock_deepsleep
 Protected Attributes inherited from mbed::TimerEvent
ticker_event_t event
const ticker_data_t_ticker_data

LowPowerTicker example

Try this program to set up a LowPowerTicker to repeatedly invert an LED:

/* mbed Example Program
 * Copyright (c) 2017-2017 ARM Limited
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 * You may obtain a copy of the License at
 *     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 * distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
 * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
 * limitations under the License.
#include "mbed.h"
LowPowerTicker flipper;
DigitalOut led1(LED1);

void flip() {
    led1 = !led1;
int main() {
    led1 = 1;
    flipper.attach(&flip, 2.0); // the address of the function to be attached (flip) and the interval (2 seconds)
    while(1) {