Enable the elapsed time counter.

The M2 series have an internal elapsed time counter. This is a word variable called 'time' which increments once per second (at 4 or 16MHz operation). The time variable is designed as an approximate elapsed seconds counter, it is not a real time clock. This seconds counter starts automatically on a power-on reset, but can also be enabled/disabled by the disabletime / enabletime commands.

Note that the background internal timer used to count seconds is also used by several other commands such as servo. Therefore when re-enabling the time variable incrementing function with enabletime (after a disabletime command has previously been used) the first tick could happen any time during that initial one second time period. When the time function is disabled the time variable may be altered safely with a command such as 'let time = 0'.

The 'time' variable will not increment while a sleep command is executing.

Effect of increased clock speed

The time function will increment every second at 4 MHz or 16 MHz. At 2 MHz and 8 MHz the interval will be 2s, at 32 MHz the time interval will be 0.5s.

Applies To:
08M2, 14M2, 18M2, 20M2
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    Time example

    Demonstrate use of enabletime and disabletime.

    Code Example:
    main:	pause 5000
    	disabletime	; disable time
    	pause 5000	; wait 5 seconds
    	enabletime	; enable time
    	debug		; display time value
    	goto main	; loop back to start
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