[ExI] This Microchip Has Its Own Built-In Cooling System

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 06:38:57 UTC 2020

"If chips get too hot they malfunction, so this is already a major obstacle
for further miniaturizing electronics, and it’s also an unsustainable
resource drain on big technology companies with lots of hardware. Data
centers in the US consume 24 terawatt-hours of electricity and 100 billion
liters of water a year, which is equivalent to the residential requirements
of the city of Philadelphia.

A new approach that builds microfluidic cooling channels into chips could
provide dramatically better cooling using far less water. The design,
reported in a paper in *Nature*
<https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2666-1>*,* is capable of 50
times the performance of state-of-the-art alternative cooling systems,
according to the authors.

“This cooling technology will enable us to make electronic devices even
more compact and could considerably reduce energy consumption around the
world,” study leader Elison Matioli from École Polytechnique Fédérale de
Lausanne in Switzerland said in a press release
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