Liquid Cooling Artificial Intelligence

Cooling Artificial Intelligence

Last summer we did a post discussing the development of dedicated systems for cooling artificial intelligence systems and how the future of AI relies more on thermal management than ever. This spring has only confirmed how the pioneers of artificial intelligence systems require higher cooling capacities. The Next Generation: Google’s TPU 3.0 Google recently announced the release of its

Silent Failures - Fan Bearing Failure

Silent Failures: Fan Bearing Failure

Introducing our New Series: the Silent Failures of Electronics When we think of product failures, we typically think of the catastrophic ways a product would break: mechanical shock, liquid spills, or battery fires.  As product designers, we don’t always consider the product degradation that creeps up over time, the silent failures of electronics and their

Xbox One X Thermal Solution

Xbox One X Thermal Management: Finally, a Look Inside

The latest generation of Microsoft’s gaming console, the Xbox One X or Project Scorpio, finally released on November 7th, 2017. When the console was officially announced a few months ago, we did a speculative post on the potential Xbox One X cooling solution Microsoft would need in order to cool the powerhouse of processing they

User Acceptance of Your Product

Thermal Design: User Acceptance of Your Product – Part 2

In an earlier blog post, we discuss the importance of user product acceptance. We examined another gaming laptop product review that focused heavily on the thermal management solution and its shortcomings.  The high performance laptop heated up in uncomfortable areas for the user and generated a distracting amount of noise with its fans. This article

Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer

Thermal Radiation: Key for Natural Convection Solutions

Thermal engineers are radiant about the effects of thermal radiation. Thermal radiation is one of three modes of heat transfer, along with convection and conduction, so the more we know about this mode of heat transfer, the more effective we can use it to optimize our thermal management solutions. What is Thermal Radiation? Thermal Radiation

Natural Convection Heat Transfer Driven By Buoyancy

Buoyancy: The Driving Force of Natural Convection

In thermal management, we describe our air cooled devices as using either natural convection or forced convection. Fans and blowers are the mechanisms behind forced convection cooling solutions, but what about natural convection? Buoyancy is the driving force of natural convection. What is Buoyancy? You’re already well aware and experienced in the effects of buoyancy.

Thermal Material Summer Research Roundup

Research Roundup: New and Interesting Thermal Materials

This summer has been full of new developments in thermal materials. In the thermal management industry, the term thermal materials typically refers to thermal interface materials or commercial high conductivity metals like aluminum and copper. However, in recent years researchers, engineers, and designers have been busy trying to expand the portfolio of materials that can

Not Your Everyday Thermals Solar Eclipse Thermals Illustration

Solar Eclipse Thermals: Radiation’s Effect on Weather

Humans in general take regular things for granted. Sometimes, it’s only when our regular programming gets disrupted that we realize how much impact these everyday occurrences have on our lives. The big disruption in the US this summer is the total solar eclipse that reaches coast to coast on August 21st, 2017.  One thing that

Thermal Interface Material Types

Thermal Interface Material Types

Thermal interface material is crucial to every thermal management solution. It’s also important to know the characteristics of various thermal interface material types so you’re well equipped to make the right choice for your application. Depending upon your application, you may want to use one type of TIM over another to help facilitate better performance.  Some