[lm-sensors] THMC50 and ADM1022 support for 2.6 kernel(improved)

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Thu Jul 5 18:54:23 CEST 2007

Hi Krzysztof,

On Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:25:05 +0200, Krzysztof Helt wrote:
> According to docs, the THMC50 produces range between 0 and 2.5V.
> The residual voltage (0 value != 0 V) comes from the external
> power amplifier. There are 6 example designs of external power
> amplifier given in the THMC50's datasheet. Most of the are
> powered by 0 - 12V so they are usually unable to produce the full
> 0-12V swing (as amplifiers and transistors cannot give output up
> to power voltage limits). One design (the cheapest) is said to
> not give full voltage swing by design.  That's why they have the
> fan off bit - to be able to stop the fan.
> One of designs is powered from +/-12V and this one certainly can
> produce true 0V output - in such case the 0 value would stop fan
> and the fan off pin may be left unconnected. As you can see, my
> driver writes 0 value into the fan speed register along with
> setting of the fan off bit  - to cover both cases.
> The residual voltage is simple imperfection of analog parts
> outside the chip and the value of this voltage is as random as
> the choice of analog elements mounted on  motherboards (will vary
> with production batch change and type of elements e.g. change of
> supplier).
> Summary: one knows that 0 value produces 0V at the chip pin and
> at the same time one knows it is not 0V at the fan pins in most
> of reference designs (hence the separate fan off bit). 

I see, thanks for the detailed explanation. Then I'm fine with your

Jean Delvare

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