Wednesday, October 08, 2003

On board radiators are here

With chips getting more powerful and speeds getting faster and faster, heat is an obvious problem. And noisy fans are an annoying option. And if you have a laptop? Then aside from these, users don't have much choice.

Until now. WIRED reports that a company has developed a small, onboard water-cooling system for computer chips that functions like a car's radiator.

Using a technology called "Active Micro-Channel Cooling," the system is designed as a thin patch of silicon with dozens of tiny pipes called "microchannels" etched into it. Place a mere millimeter from the surface of the chip, the network of pipes transmits a constant stream of cool water across the surface which will absorb heat from the computer chip to a radiator on the outside of the machine.


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