Change RTC to RV-8803-C7

Hello everyone,

I have an embedded Linux distribution (Boot2Qt) compiled using Yocto for an apalis iMX8QP processor running on an ixora carrier board, and it’s working great. Now, I would like to replace the current DS1307 RTC on my carrier board with an RV-8803-C7 RTC (the hardware is kind of junky but for testing purposes it will be fine). Could anyone please guide me on the steps I need to follow to accomplish this?

Specifically, I would like to know how to configure Yocto to include support for the RV-8803-C7 RTC, including creating or adding the necessary recipe (I already have a custom meta-layer), configuring kernel options, and any other relevant details. I appreciate any advice, recommendations, or documentation references that can help me in this process.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Please correct me if I am wrong.

I have added a rtc.cfg file in recipes-kernel/linux and in reciped-kernel/linux%.bbappend I have added

FILESEXTRAPATHS_prepend := “${THISDIR}/files:”
SRC_URI += "

wit rtc.cfg file being


When running bitbake, the kernel seems to be rebuild, so I guess that this is ok.

Now I need to know how to make the system use this driver by default.

Thanks again for your support.

So, after a lot of research, I finally managed to do something.

Here is the patch I had to create:

diff --git a/imx8-apalis-eval.dtsi b/imx8-apalis-eval_new.dtsi
index 0a4fe3898993..4cf48567d0e6 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/boot/dts/freescale/imx8-apalis-eval.dtsi
+++ b/arch/arm64/boot/dts/freescale/imx8-apalis-eval.dtsi
@@ -210,10 +210,10 @@
 		status = "disabled";
-	/* M41T0M6 real time clock on carrier board */
-	rtc_i2c: rtc@68 {
-		compatible = "st,m41t0";
-		reg = <0x68>;
+	/* RV-8803 real time clock on carrier board */
+	rtc_i2c: rtc@32 {
+		compatible = "microcrystal,rv8803";
+		reg = <0x32>;

I still have some warning in dmesg though:

[    2.506157] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: Voltage low, temperature compensation stopped.
[    2.513320] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: Voltage low, data loss detected.
[    2.519999] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: Voltage low, data is invalid.
[    2.525791] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: registered as rtc0
[    3.767131] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: Voltage low, data is invalid.
[    3.781584] rtc-rv8803 4-0032: hctosys: unable to read the hardware clock

Hello @Romain.Donze ,
I have no experience with RV-8803-C7, but here are my quick research findings.
These warnings seem to be related to the V2F flag being set

Here is the source code of the driver

For example:

	if (flags & RV8803_FLAG_V1F)
		dev_warn(&client->dev, "Voltage low, temperature compensation stopped.\n");

Looking for references to V1F in the application manual

Section 3.7 describes the flag register where V1F is located, and it says:
The flag is also automatically set to 1 at power on reset (POR) and has to be cleared by writing a 0 to the bit.

This happens when the function rv8803_set_time is called.

Best regards,

Hello @Romain.Donze ,

Do you have any updates on this topic?

Best regards,