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Can thermal management be green?


Carbon footprints are top of mind issues everyone is trying

to stay "green" and use less power. We may see less air conditioning on

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are traditionally designed to withstand the most grueling environments. Will

other systems need improved thermal designs as we battle global warming?

Whatdo you think?

Kontron system design engineers have a long history of predictinga system's

airflow needs with thermal modeling, ensuring a margin of headroom for the

most taxing deployments, or unanticipated changes such as a change in

the air conditioning levels during operation. Kontron's analyses determines the

best combination of passive and active cooling for the configuration of processor,

chipset, graphics engine and add in cards for an anticipated environmentalsituation.

A combination of fans, heat sinks and fins can be used to support robustcooling

of server processor systems, while new power sipping processors, such as Intel's

Atom processor, will not need fans in most system deployments. SinceKontron

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latest cost effective technologies areconsistently used in the total design process.

Kontron would like to know what you think of the newerthermal management

technologies,such as nano technologies using thin film thermoelectric, micro-channel

cooling technologies, liquid cooling and foamed graphite use. Which

technologies do you think will make it and why?

How "green" are the new technologies?

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