XO 4 Tinderbox Power

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This page describes the version of Tinderbox for the XO-4 B1 laptop. A Tinderbox is a laptop intimately wired up to a power measurement system.

Power Distribution

The following diagram ( PDF ) attempts to illustrate the Power Distribution network ( PNG, PDF ), as well as the tinderbox measurement points:

XO 4 Tinderbox B1.png

Measurement Points

There are two types of measurement point in the above diagram. Most measure power passing through a particular point in the power distribution network, and are represented by a large X, along with an annotation of the voltmeter channel and measurement resistance. All measurement resistors have a tolerance (variation in resistance) of 1% or smaller.

A smaller number of points (2001, 2003, 2008) measure the voltage at a particular point in the power network. These are indicated by an arrow, and annotated solely with the voltmeter channel.

The definitive file describing this setup is the tinderbox configuration file. The format used in the configuration file is defined here.

Example Measurements

Example readings taken using this setup are available at http://dev.laptop.org/~wad/cl4_b1_os22/. Some of these measurements are highlighted below.

Reading from an earlier, Armada 610 based laptop ( XO-1.75 ), are available for comparison.

Measurement Error

It should be cautioned that using a multiplexed voltmeter for measurement of power in a dynamic system has its downsides.

Laptop Off

When the laptop is off, the [ power measurements] are quite low.

If DC power is supplied, but no battery is charging, the laptop takes a [surprising amount of power].

Laptop Suspended

This refers to a laptop which is still maintaining the data on its display, but which has shut down the processor and most of the peripherals on the SoC. Here are three different power measurements:

  • [ Laptop suspended], with screen backlight (default 75%) and DC power supplied
  • [ Laptop suspended], with screen backlight but no DC power supplied.
  • [ Laptop suspended], with no backlight and no DC power supplied.

If no DC power is supplied, the EC (the main load on +3.3VSUS) should go into stop mode when the laptop is suspended.

Heavy Load