Noctua announced a partnership with RotoSub to create the first PC fans with active noise cancellation (ANC). A prototype of the technology will be showcased at next week's Computex.
Noise reduction specialist RotoSub
and renowned quiet cooling fan manufacturer Noctua today announced a
strategic partnership agreement for the development and
commercialisation of PC fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation
(ANC). A first prototype of a Noctua fan with integrated RotoSub ANC
technology will be shown at Computex Taipei next week.
Active Noise Cancellation (also referred to as Active Noise Control or
Active Noise Reduction, ANC) is the technique of using sound waves to
reduce noise by means of an effect called phase cancellation or
destructive interference. Lars Strömbäck and Mårten Oretorp from RotoSub
have invented a system (RotoSub Active Noise Control, R-ANC) that allows
a fan to emit the sound signal that cancels out the original sound of
the fan and thereby greatly reduces the overall noise emission.
"Mårten Oretorp and Lars Strömbäck's invention is a milestone in the
field of noise reduction", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "It has
always been our goal to push the boundaries of acoustic optimisation and
this partnership will allow us to reinforce our technology leadership in
the field of premium grade PC cooling equipment."
RotoSub's patented ANC technology makes it possible to achieve
performance/noise ratios that cannot be accomplished by means of
conventional aerodynamic or acoustic optimisations. The licensing
agreement with RotoSub will allow Noctua to strengthen its position as a
forerunner in quiet PC cooling by pioneering PC fans and CPU coolers
with RotoSub ANC technology.
"Noctua is widely recognised as a leader in quiet PC cooling, so they
were the obvious candidate when we were looking for a partner to
commercialise the technology we've invented", says Lars Strömbäck,
RotoSub CEO. "The performance and quality of their fans is one of the
best in this industry and their new NF-F12 fan with its FocusedFlow
system is ideal for integrating our ANC technology."
Introduced in late 2011, Noctua's NF-F12 FocusedFlow™ fan has quickly
built up an excellent reputation for its superior quiet cooling
performance and received more than 120 awards and recommendations from
international hardware websites and magazines. The new joint development
project with RotoSub pursues the ambitious target of providing another
significant step up in performance.
"Our performance target is to achieve about 80% more airflow and 120%
higher static pressure at the same noise level as the original NF-F12",
explains Mårten Oretorp, RotoSub CTO. "There is still a lot of
fine-tuning to be done, both in structural design and as far as the
algorithms that compute the anti-noise signal are concerned, but we're
working hard to achieve this goal within the next 12 to 18 months."
A first working prototype of a Noctua NF-F12 fan with integrated RotoSub
ANC technology will be exhibited at Computex Taipei (June 5th to 9th
2012) at Noctua's booth (Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F, booth J1312).
Noctua and RotoSub kindly invite everyone to visit Noctua's booth to
witness the world's first public demonstration of a PC fan with
integrated Active Noise Cancellation.