Precision Fan-Speed Controller with Nonvolatile Lookup Table

Customizable Lookup Table-Based Fan Controller Enables Smooth Control of Fan Speed to Reduce Acoustic Noise

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The MAX31760 integrates temperature sensing along with precision PWM fan control. It accurately measures its local die temperature and the remote temperature of a discrete diode-connected transistor, such as a 2N3906, or a thermal diode commonly found on CPUs, graphics processor units (GPUs), and other ASICs. Multiple temperature thresholds, such as local high/overtemperature (OT) and remote high/overtemperature, can be set by an I2C-compatible interface.

Fan speed is controlled based on the temperature reading as an index to a 48-byte lookup table (LUT) containing user-programmed PWM values. The flexible LUT-based architecture enables the user to program a smooth nonlinear fan speed vs. temperature transfer function to minimize acoustic fan noise. Two tachometer inputs allow measuring the speeds of two fans independently. The active-low FF/FS pin multiplexes an open-drain fan-failure output with a full-speed fan-drive input. When the local or remote OT threshold is exceeded, the active-low SHDN pin is asserted low and can be used to shut down the system. A dedicated active-low ALERT pin reports that either a local or remote high-temperature threshold has been exceeded. Active-low ALERT can be programmed to work in either fault indicator mode or interrupt mode. These features make the device a compact and complete solution for a single-fan or two-fan cooling system. 

MAX31760: Typical Application Circuit MAX31760: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Customizable 48-Byte Lookup Table (LUT)-Based Architecture Enables a Smooth Nonlinear Control Output that Reduces Acoustic Noise
  • Operating Settings Stored in Nonvolatile Memory for Automatic Operation at Power-On
  • Two Tachometer Inputs Provide Flexibility by Measuring the Speeds of Two Fans Independently
  • Accurately Senses Both Remote and Local Temperature, Allowing Multiple Temperature Thresholds to Be Set


  • Networking Equipment
  • Servers

See parametric specs for Fan Controllers (20)

Part NumberSensor TypeFan Controller FunctionsFan Cntrl.InterfaceAccuracy
Temp. Thresh.
Temp. Resolution
See Notes
MAX31760 Remote
Fan Failure Detector
Remote & Local Sensor
$1.16 @1k

Pricing Notes:
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MAX31760EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX31760

Tools & Models

  • MAX31760 IBIS Model
  • MAX31760
  • Product Reliability Reports: MAX31760.pdf 
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    Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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