How to use the TCN75 temperature sensor

In this article I'm going to show to you how to use the TCN75 we have mounted on our boards.

The TCN75 is a very simple temperature sensor but at the same time it is very accurate, with a precision of ±0,5 ° C, fra 25°C≤ TA ≤ 100°C e ±3 °C -55°C≤ TA ≤ +125°C.

The TCN75 needs only 0,25mA when it is in operative mode and 1uA when acting in stand-by mode.

The TCN75 communicates over an I2C™ bus and provides three programmable address pins, they can be programmed using hardware jumpers allowing up to 7 devices on the same bus.

It has a programmable pin used to signal if the temperature overcomes a defined value(user programmed set point). The TCN75 comes with a default value for the set point at 80 °C with 5 °C for the hysteresis.

The most important characteristics for this sensor are the ones shown in the following table:


Solid state sensor for temperature measurement
accuracy 0.5 °C [25°, 100°]
Working range [-55, 125] °C  
Interface I2C  
Power supply [2.7, 5.5] V  
Packages SOIC or MSOP (8pin)  


The TCN75 has two different temperature probes, the first one is calibrated for a supply voltage of 3,3 V and the second one calibrated for a supply voltage of 5V. Both the probes can be used with different values of the supply voltage, but in this case the accuracy decreases up to +-3 °C following this rule: 1°C/V.

To work properly with the TCN75 we have to access 5 registers. (See the TCN75 datasheets for more information).


It is a 8-bit Write Only register and it is used to address one of the 4 following registers (D0 and D1, D2 to D7 must be set to zero)



D[7] D[6] D[5] D[4] D[3] D[2] D[1] D[0]
Must be set to 0 Pointer


Register Selection via the Pointer Register
D[1] D[0] Register Selection
0 0 TEMP
1 0 T_HYST
1 1 T_SET



It is a 8-bit Read/Write Register, it is used to configure next operation:


D[7] D[6] D[5] D[4] D[3] D[2] D[1] D[0]
Must be set to 0 Fault Queue INT/CMPTR, Polarity COMP/INT Shutdown


It is a 16-bit Read Only register. It contains the temperature after a conversion cycle.


It is a 16-bit Read/Write register, it contains the setpoint temperature.


It is a 16-bit Read/Write register, it contains the threshold value for the hysteresis.


Speaking to the device

To speak to the device we will use the functions defined for the Pic 12f1840 in this post



void i2c_start(void) sends the start bit
void i2c_restart(void) sends the restart bit
void i2c_stop(void) sends the stop bit
void i2c_ack(void) sends ACK
void i2c_nack(void) sends NACK
void i2c_wr(unsigned char i2c_data)
unsigned char  i2c_rd(void)

Reading the Configuration Register

Writing the Configuration Register

Writing 16-bit registers

Reading 16-bit registers