I have an Arduino program written for the nRF52 with which runs for a pre-set time-value (i.e. 2 minutes) before shuts off automatically. The variable time-value can be changed via BLE-write by the user from an external device (i.e. from 2 mins to 5 mins). The problem that it defaults to the pre-set (2 mins) value once the program restarts. How can I have the program "save" the last used time-value variable (i.e. 5 mins) for the next boot up/restart?

As I understand Nordic's nRF52 does NOT have an onboard EEPROM like AVRs. I read about a Little File System by Adafruit that creates a sort of persistent storage space, but I hope there is something simpler.

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    Your options are the internal flash or an external EEPROM. If you're dealing with the internal flash then some sort of FS is likely the easiest choice. External EEPROM/FRAM can be as simple as an I2C chip and library. LFS doesn't create a "sort of persistent storage space", it's an FS abstration. There's also things like github.com/d00616/arduino-NVM. Jun 14, 2021 at 13:09
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    – Juraj
    Jun 14, 2021 at 14:26
  • Thank you both. I am digesting the linked information. Will decide and try. So far, I gathered that I need to be careful with not placing any write/erase related functions inside the "loop" as not to "wear out" the memory.
    – TommyS
    Jun 14, 2021 at 20:04
  • Reviewed the options. Just thinking out loud: Adadfuit already has some QSPI libraries and the chip on their boards. But requires 6 wires (normal SPI 4 wires). NVM is a no-external-parts solution, but does interfere with the nRF5's BLE softdevice stack requiring some fancy programming. I am leaning towards EEPROM and FRAM for ease of addressing/programming, but both require some (small) external real estate. However only a 1 or 2 wire I2C interface.
    – TommyS
    Jun 16, 2021 at 2:05
  • One other options is that upon bootup the sketch on my device would read user-selected values on the connected external BLE device app (phone, ectc) and use them as the variables values in the sketch: for example time-delay selection for auto-off. .
    – TommyS
    Jun 16, 2021 at 2:10

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The arduino-NVM library for nRF51 and nRF52 MCU has EEPROM object which emulates EEPROM in the internal flash memory of MCU.

The EEPROM object in arduino-NVM has the same functions as the EEPROM object in the Arduino EEPROM library for classic ATmega.

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