The Timer0 module timer/counter has the following
• 8-bit timer/counter
• Readable and writable
• 8-bit software programmable prescaler
• Internal or external clock select
• Interrupt on overflow from FFh to 00h
• Edge select for external clock
Figure 5-1 is a block diagram of the Timer0 module and
the prescaler shared with the WDT.
Additional information on the Timer0 module is
available in the PIC
Mid-Range MCU Family Refer-
ence Manual (DS33023).
Timer mode is selected by clearing bit T0CS
(OPTION_REG<5>). In Timer mode, the Timer0
module will increment every instruction cycle (without
prescaler). If the TMR0 register is written, the incre-
ment is inhibited for the following two instruction cycles.
The user can work around this by writing an adjusted
value to the TMR0 register.
BLOCK DIAGRAM OF THE TIMER0/WDT PRESCALER
CLKO (= F
WDT Enable bit
Note: T0CS, T0SE, PSA, PS2:PS0 are (OPTION_REG<5:0>).
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Counter mode is selected by setting bit T0CS
(OPTION_REG<5>). In Counter mode, Timer0 will
increment either on every rising or falling edge of pin
RA4/T0CKI. The incrementing edge is determined by
(OPTION_REG<4>). Clearing bit T0SE selects the ris-
ing edge. Restrictions on the external clock input are
discussed in detail in Section 5.2 “Using Timer0 with
an External Clock”.
The prescaler is mutually exclusively shared between
the Timer0 module and the Watchdog Timer. The
prescaler is not readable or writable. Section 5.3
“Prescaler” details the operation of the prescaler.
The TMR0 interrupt is generated when the TMR0
register overflows from FFh to 00h. This overflow sets
bit TMR0IF (INTCON<2>). The interrupt can be
masked by clearing bit TMR0IE (INTCON<5>). Bit
TMR0IF must be cleared in software by the Timer0
module Interrupt Service Routine before re-enabling
this interrupt. The TMR0 interrupt cannot awaken the
processor from Sleep since the timer is shut-off during
Set Flag bit TMR0IF