Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Cooling Technology

When building new faster computers these days, there are two main problems: getting enough power in to the CPU and getting enough heat out.  The folks at Sandia Labs have a solution to the latter problem. They have build a spinning  heatsink that, rather than connecting directly to the CPU as most heatsinks do today, spins just a thousandth of an inch above the CPU.  This creates something called an air bearing that is almost as efficient for transmitting heat as a direct connection.  This system can suck heat out of a CPU 30 times more efficiently than a standard heatsink.  Now that is a cool invention (see what I did there?).

via Gizmodo