How to Power the Extended Features of 1-Wire® Devices


A 1-Wire bus provides both communication and power between a host and slave devices on a single line. Some 1-Wire devices offer extended features, which include EEPROM, temperature measurement, and a SHA-1 engine. Operation of these special features can require additional power, so the 1-Wire device's pull-up resistor (RPUP) must be sized accordingly.


The 1-Wire bus is a simple signaling scheme that performs half-duplex bidirectional communications between a master controller and one or more slaves, all sharing a common data line. Both power delivery and data communication take place over this single line. Most 1-Wire devices use very little power, on the order of tens of microamps, to operate and communicate. Some 1-Wire devices, however, need more power during specific operations, such as an EEPROM write or a device-specific calculation or measurement. During these periods of increased power demand, it is important that the voltage on the 1-Wire bus does not fall below the device's minimum operating pullup voltage (VPUP). For most parasitic-powered 1-Wire devices, the minimum operating voltage (VPUP) is 2.8V.

1-Wire Devices that Need Extra Power

Table 1. Devices that Need Extra Power
Part EEPROM SHA-1 Temperature ADC
DS18B20 Check Check
DS1920 Check Check
DS1961S Check Check
DS1971 Check
DS1972 Check
DS1973 Check
DS1977 Check
DS2431 Check
DS2432 Check Check
DS2450 Check
DS28E01-100 Check Check
DS28E04-100 Check
DS28EA00 Check Check
DS28EC20 Check

How to Identify Extra Power Requirements in the EC Table

Any additional power requirements for a device are listed in the data sheet's electrical characteristics (EC) table under a variety of terms (Table 2). The pullup resistor's specification (RPUP) in the EC table is for 1-Wire communication only and does not include additional power requirements for the special operations.

Table 2. EC Table Parameters Specifying Extra Power Demand
Parameter Description Symbol 1-Wire Device
Programming Current IPROG DS1961S, DS1972, DS2431, DS28E01, DS28E04, DS28E00
Programming Current ILPROG DS1973, DS1977, DS2432
Programming Current IP DS1971 (DS2430A)
SHA Computation Current ILCSHA DS1961S, DS28E01
Active Current IDD, IDQA DS1920, DS18B20, DS18B20-PAR
Conversion Current ICONV DS28EA00
Operating Current ICC DS2450

Figure 1.Example of the EC table for the DS28EA00.

Figure 1. Example of the EC table for the DS28EA00.

Available Power

For a given VPUP and RPUP, the voltage difference between VPUP and the 1-Wire device's VPUPmin determines the current available for special functions. The available current can be calculated as IAVAIL = (VPUP - VPUPmin)/RPUP. An example calculation follows:

RPUP = 2kΩ
VPUPmin = 2.8V, resulting in IAVAIL = 1.1mA

So for this example, there are 1.1mA available before the 1-Wire voltage drops below the minimum VPUP. If the available current is not sufficient for the application, then a lower pullup resistor or a low-impedance bypass to the pullup resistor will be necessary.

Finding the Right Pullup (RPUP)

The available current can be calculated by dividing the potential voltage drop from nominal VPUP to the minimum VPUP by the pullup resistor (RPUP). Figure 2 graphs this calculation based on a VPUP of 5V with a device that has a minimum VPUP of 2.8V. A pullup resistor of 2.2kΩ or less supports at least 1mA at 5V pullup voltage.

Figure 2. Available current for VPUP = 5V.

Figure 2. Available current for VPUP = 5V.

Similarly, Figure 3 shows the available current based on a VPUP of 3.3V. With only 0.5V as the permissible voltage drop on the pullup resistor, very little current is available. Other means of providing the extra current are probably required (see Low-Impedance Bypass section below).

Figure 3. Available current for VPUP = 3.3V.

Figure 3. Available current for VPUP = 3.3V.

Advanced Considerations

Choosing a very-low pullup resistor value delivers the desired power to run the special function. However, this configuration raises the voltage representing logic 0 on the 1-Wire bus. If VOL levels do not meet the minimum-voltage input low (VIL) specified for the 1-Wire slave or the 1-Wire master, then reliable communication will not be possible. The most common VOL specification for 1-Wire devices is 0.4V at 4mA, maximum. This value is equivalent to an impedance of 100Ω, maximum, when the 1-Wire device is responding with a logic 0. VIL varies from 0.3V to 0.8V, depending on the 1-Wire device. With multiple 1-Wire devices on the bus, the lowest VIL sets the limit. The pullup resistor value that meets the logic 0 requirement can be calculated as: RPUPmin = 100Ω × (VPUP/VILmax - 1).

(Note: Instead of starting the equation with 100Ω, one could write VOL/4mA.)

Therefore, assuming a VIL maximum of 0.4V, the results are

For a VPUP = 5V: 1150Ω
For VPUP = 3.3V: 725Ω

Assuming a VIL maximum of 0.3V, the results are

For a VPUP = 5V: 1567Ω
For VPUP = 3.3V: 1000Ω

The tolerances for the pullup resistor and the power supply must also be considered when selecting the proper pullup. These tolerances are not correlated, i.e., they can add up to either (positive, negative) side or cancel each other. Always check the worst combinations: voltage at upper limit with resistor at lower limit (i.e., highest VOL), and voltage lower limit with resistor at upper limit (i.e., lowest available extra current).

Low-Impedance Bypass

If meeting the VOL and VIL requirements requires a pullup resistor that cannot deliver the necessary current, then the extra current must be supplied by other means. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Implement a discrete low impedance bypass (also called a strong pullup) that is engaged only during high current demand.
  2. Utilize a 1-Wire interface device that incorporates a strong pullup.

Examples of a 1-Wire master with a discrete strong pullup can be found in application note 4206, "Choosing the Right 1-Wire® Master for Embedded Applications," or application note 244, "Advanced 1-Wire Network Driver." Figure 4 shows a strong pullup controlled with an extra IO pin.

Figure 4. Bidirectional port pin with optional circuit for strong pullup (dashed lines).

Figure 4. Bidirectional port pin with optional circuit for strong pullup (dashed lines).

There are three 1-Wire interface chips that incorporate a strong pullup feature (Table 3). The DS2482-100 also has an external control signal that can be used to drive an additional discrete, extra-strong pullup.

Table 3. 1-Wire Master Interface Devices
Device Interface Features
DS2480B Serial Strong pullup, active pullup
DS2482-100 I²C Single 1-Wire channel with built in strong pullup, optional active pullup, control signal for extra-strong pullup
DS2482-800 I²C Eight 1-Wire channels with built in strong pullup, optional active pullup


For extended features like temperature conversion, EEPROM, or a SHA-1 engine to operate properly in 1-Wire devices, those devices must be provided with sufficient current from the 1-Wire master without allowing the 1-Wire to drop below the minimum-voltage pullup (VPUP). The 1-Wire pullup resistor (RPUP) must, therefore, be sized to provide this current in accordance with application demands. If application requirements do not permit a pullup resistor of the correct size, then the current can be supplied with a discrete strong pullup circuit or a 1-Wire interface chip such as the DS2480B or DS2482.