I have a powerful audio amplifier with a fan that is always on. When the amplifier is going full blast,
the fan noise is not a problem..., but at home when the amplifier is used at low power it is. So I built a small
fan controller with an LM76 as temperature 'estimator'. To make it a little more interesting, I used an LPH7653
display to show the heat sink temperature and fan status:
I used an AT90S8535, but as the schematic shows, a lot of the controllers pins are left unused. You may want to
select a smaller AVR. The choice will mainly be determined by the amount of program memory needed.
The use of the LM76 and the LPH7653 display is explained in the
. Again, the MAX232 is used only to generate the (negative) display contrast voltage. The fan is switched
with an N-channel Fet. Use a logic-level Fet that can handle the fan starting current and that has a low Rds-on,
otherwise it might get hot!
The display shows the temperature in large format digits. When the fan is switched on, the display shows
a slowly rotating fan:
should explain how things work...