0 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2008 3:18 PM by Kontron_Pantone

    Can thermal management be green?

    Brown Belt

      Carbon footprints are top of mind issues everyone is trying

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

      manufacturing floors this summer, subjecting industrial PC equipment to

      higher levels of heat and humidity from the environment then expected. Military,

      automotive and outdoors electronics custom solutions equipment

      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

      manufactures the motherboards and the systems, heat transfer principlesand the

      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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