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Noctua NE-FD1 PWM IC

Noctua’s custom-designed NE-FD1 is a next-generation PWM fan driver IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology for quieter operation and allows for ultra-low power consumption. Its superb linearity and security features such as locked rotor or reverse voltage protection make it an ideal driver IC for premium-class PWM fans.

PWM Output Signals Compared

Most conventional PWM fan driver ICs put out square signals that cause sudden torque impulses. These impulses can cause minute deformations of the entire fan structure which lead to audible “clicking” noises that are especially noticeable with many common PWM fans running at slower speeds. Adopting Noctua’s Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology, the custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC slows down the slew rate of the output signal in order to give a smoother, less sudden torque impulse. This way, PWM switching noises can be effectively suppressed and the fan runs even quieter, especially at low speeds.

Noctua’s NE-FD1 IC was not only fine-tuned for superior quietness, it has also been carefully optimised to allow for ultra-low power consumption. For example, the NE-FD1 based PWM version of the award-winning NF-R8, NF-B9 and NF-P12 fans consume 25-40% less power than their non-PWM counterparts. The NF-F12 120mm fan featuring the NE-FD1 IC draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.

24.10.2014 - NH-U9B SE2
Test verdict: "Buone prestazioni e silenziosità in dimensioni ridotte. Acquisto assolutamente consigliato, garantito!" (Santoro Luigi,

24.10.2014 - NF-A4x10 5V
Test verdict: "A serisine eklenen A4x10 5V özel ve A8 FLX, PWM, ULN ile A9 FLX, PWM modelleri beklentileri fazlasıyla karşılıyor." (Gorkem Yildirim,

23.10.2014 - SCORE 246 NH-D15
Test verdict: "NH-D15 je nejsilnější vzduchový chladič vůbec, navíc je také jeden z nejtišších na trhu." (Peter Hucík, SCORE 246)

22.10.2014 - El Chapuzas Informático NF-A4x10 5V
Test verdict: "Los ventiladores Noctua NF-A4/A8/A9 demuestran una vez más el buen hacer de Noctua, pues ofrecen un gran rendimiento con una sonoridad mínima. Además, llegan acompañados de un excelente kit de accesorios, algo de lo que pocas marcas pueden presumir." (Iván Martínez, El Chapuzas Informático)