KATE(4) BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual KATE(4)
kate -- AMD K8 temperature sensor
kate* at pci?
The kate driver provides support for the temperature sensors available in
the AMD K8 family of processors.
These sensors were officially introduced with Revision F Family 0Fh pro-
cessors, and provide 1 degC accuracy. Precision was improved in Revision
G chips, which provide two more bits for 0.25 degC steppings. Each core
may have two temperature sensors, and there may be up to two cores per
Multiprocessor systems would have one instance of kate per each chip. In
each instance, temp0 and temp1 sensors correspond to the temperature sen-
sors on the first core, whereas temp2 and temp3 correspond to the temper-
ature sensors on the second core. As such, single core chips may have
two sensors, and dual-core dual-processor systems may have as many as 8
temperature sensors in total.
Since many prior revisions of the chips appear to have valid readings for
at least some temperature sensors in the same address space as the afore-
mentioned revisions, the driver may also attach on such older revisions
provided that it finds some sensor readings that appear valid. However,
in such cases kate would not print the core revision information into the
Sensor values are made available through the sysctl(8) interface.
intro(4), pci(4), sensorsd(8), sysctl(8)
BIOS and Kernel Developer's Guide for AMD NPT Family 0Fh Processors,
Publication # 32559, pp. 21--23 and pp. 179--184, July 2007.
Revision Guide for AMD NPT Family 0Fh Processors, Publication # 33610,
The kate driver first appeared in OpenBSD 4.4.
The kate driver was written by Constantine A. Murenin <email@example.com>
whilst at the University of Waterloo.
BSD May 25, 2017 BSD