Turning off connected ArduCAM
I have this nice spi camera ArduCAM Mini connected to a 3.3V arduino pro mini.
I would like to turn it off while the camera is not needed to save energy. (The low-power mode is not enough, it still drains about 40mA in low-power.)
Normally i would connect a n-channel mosfet (like the 2N7000) to the low-side of the Camera module.
The problem is: The module is, despite the mosfet "turned off", still draining about 20mA over the datalines to the arduino.
Does any one know a nice solution to switch the camera off on the "high side"?
(Probably a combination of an n and p-channel mosfet will do it?)
PS: The camera module also runs on 3.3V.
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Is it running well and how do you get the pictures from the cam to the ? My sensors/ computer?
If you look in one of my schematics, I use a "high side" power toggle (see the "Optional MYSX 3.3V power toggle" box). You could probably use that type of design to toggle the power to the camera module. I use a single P-MOS (datasheet) with a pullup on the gate to keep the transistor closed by default, and enable it by pulling the gate low from the MCU. The transistor is especially designed for a low Rds(on) so it should be enough with only one.
@5546dug see http://forum.mysensors.org/topic/1668/sending-image-data-over-the-mysensors-network/9
I'm using a serial gateway connected to an raspberry pi with a perl script as "custom controller".
Running well atm but is still a little bit slow.
If you look in one of my [schematics]...
Ah. Thanks, this looks exactly like what i need. Do you happen to know a similiar P-MOS in a through-hole technology package? (like to 220/92)
@Oitzu sorry no, I never considered those packages.
@Oitzu it should work just fine.