EE Times writes AMD and an Asian cooling giant have licensed a new micro-cooler technology that has been developed by researchers at the Stokes Institute in the University of Limerick. The technology promises smaller, cheaper, and much more energy efficient cooling.
PC Processor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has been granted a development license by the University of Limerick to customize the micro-cooler technology, while Asia Vital Components, the world's largest supplier of coolers for CPUs and micro-chip modules (MCMs), has signed a non-exclusive license to make and sell the micro-cooler.
Stokes Institute has specialized in thermal management, including microfluidics, and the technology has evolved over five years. Researchers there identified a series of previously unreported cooling interactions that can take place within and at material interfaces and that could be manipulated to create more efficient thermal management of electronic devices.