Remote and Local Temperature Sensor with SMBus Interface


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Local sensor accuracy (Max) (+/- C) 4 Type Remote Operating temperature range (C) 0 to 125 Supply voltage (Min) (V) 3 Interface type I2C, SMBus Supply voltage (Max) (V) 3.6 Supply current (Max) (uA) 1700 Temp resolution (Max) (bits) 8 Features ALERT Remote channels (#) 1 Addresses 1 Rating Catalog open-in-new Find other Digital temperature sensors

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  • Accurately Senses Die Temperature of Remote ICs or Diode Junctions
  • Offset Register Allows Sensing a Variety of Thermal Diodes Accurately
  • On-board Local Temperature Sensing
  • 10 Bit Plus Sign Remote Diode Temperature Data Format, 0.125°C Resolution
  • Diode Fault Detection Circuitry
  • T_CRIT_A Output Useful for System Shutdown (Open Diode does not Activate T_CRIT_A)
  • ALERT Output Supports SMBus 2.0 Protocol
  • SMBus 2.0 Compatible Interface, Supports TIMEOUT
  • 8-pin VSSOP Package

Key Specifications

  • Supply Voltage 3.0 to 3.6 V
  • Supply Current 0.8 mA (Typ)
  • Local Temp Accuracy (Includes Quantization Error)
    • TA=25°C to 125°C, ±4.0 °C (Max)
  • Remote Diode Temp Accuracy (Includes Quantization Error)
    • TA=30°C to 50°C, TD=60°C to 100°C, ±3.0 °C (Max)
    • TA=0°C to 85°C, TD=25°C to 125°C, ±4.0 °C (Max)

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The LM90 is an 11-bit digital temperature sensor with a 2-wire System Management Bus (SMBus) serial interface. The LM90 accurately measures its own temperature as well as the temperature of an external device, such as processor thermal diode or diode connected transistor such as the 2N3904. The temperature of any ASIC can be accurately determined using the LM90 as long as a dedicated diode (semiconductor junction) is available on the target die. The LM90 remote sensor accuracy of ±3°C is factory trimmed for the 1.008 typical non-ideality factor of the mobile Pentium III thermal diode. The LM90 has an Offset register to allow measuring other diodes without requiring continuous software management.

Activation of the ALERT output occurs when any temperature goes outside a preprogrammed window set by the HIGH and LOW temperature limit registers or exceeds the T_CRIT temperature limit. Activation of the T_CRIT_A occurs when any temperature exceeds the T_CRIT programmed limit. The LM90 is pin and register compatible with the LM86, Analog Devices ADM1032 and Maxim MAX6657/8.

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* Data sheet LM90 +-;3C Accurate, Remote Diode & Local Dig Temp Sensor w/2-Wire Interface datasheet (Rev. A) Mar. 25, 2013
Technical article How to choose the right thermistor for your temperature sensing application Feb. 13, 2020
Technical article How to enable thermal safety for automotive infotainment and cluster systems Oct. 15, 2019
Technical article Driving industrial innovation with small-size sensors Sep. 12, 2019
Technical article How to select a temperature sensor probe Feb. 18, 2016
User guide LM86, LM89, LM89-1, LM90, LM99, LM99-1 Evaluation Board User’s Guide Feb. 29, 2012

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Software development

Eval Board Software for Hardware Monitors and Digital Temp Sensors
DIGITALTEMPSENSORSEVM-SW — Evaluation Board Software for Hardware Monitors and Digital Temperature Sensors
Linux Driver for LM90
LM90SW-LINUX The Linux driver supports the LM90 series of Remote and Local Temp Sensors. The Linux driver supports communication through the I2C bus and interfaces with the Hardware Monitoring sub-system.


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Eval Board Software For Hardware Monitors And Digital Temperature Sensors
SensorEval software supports the latest TI temperature sensor and hardware monitor evaluation boards via USB interface. It also allows access to sensors mounted directly on motherboards that support Intel chip sets.

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