CHATSWORTH, CALIF. NMB Technologies Corp. has launched what it calls the industry's first microchip-controlled fan, the 5910PL, for use in commercial and high-end servers in networking and telecom markets.
The 5910PL folds discrete components into one programmable component, the microchip, to control a variety of fan functions and communication through firmware. "The use of firmware to control and communicate with the fan results in a streamlined design process," said Melody Williams, business unit manager at NMB. "It also provides flexibility for design changes in future products."
Microchip control enables the fan to interface with other peripherals to monitor fan function, the company said. Also, simpler troubleshooting is said to result in faster time-to-market, since custom prototypes can be turned around quickly.
The 5910PL fan offers an optional tach output and locked rotor alarm signal. Airflow is 160 CFM at half speed and 240 CFM at full speed, though the fan can deliver up to 290 CFM.
NMB said the failure rate for the 5910PL is less than 60 parts per million. The fan meets UL/CSA, VDE and CE requirements, measures 6.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches and weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces. Noise is less than 64 dBA. Pricing is approximately $35.
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