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New Power Electronics Will Allow Army Vehicles’ Electronics to Operate at High Temperatures

April 4th, 2016

The US Army has awarded GE Aviation with a contract to develop silicon carbide-based power electronics that will allow high-voltage, next-generation ground vehicles to operate at higher temperatures. “The US Army’s implementation of [this technology…read more

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Overcoming Cooling Challenges Downloadable Webinar Now Available

March 21st, 2016

The recent Electronics Cooling with Autodesk CFD Webinar on how to ensure proper cooling as the electronics used in products change and improve is now available for download. Exploring ‘invisible elements’ like airflow and heat…read more

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Registration for Thermal Conference Opens

March 21st, 2016

ITherm 2016 has now opened registration for the conference running from May 31 to June 3, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. ITherm 2016 is the leading international conference for scientific and…read more

NSA Finally Has a Plan for Their Superconducting Supercomputer

March 7th, 2016

The U.S. government has its eyes on “cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow’s exascale computers,” reported Spectrum.IEEE.org, a dream over 50 years old. An electrical engineer of the NSA, Dudley Buck, “reported on his own work”…read more

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New 2D Semiconductor Performs Better Than Silicon

March 7th, 2016

A team of engineers from the University of Utah have discovered a new 2D semiconducting material that could outperform silicon, making electronics cooler and more efficient. “The semiconductor, made of the elements tin and oxygen,…read more

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More Energy Efficient Future Supercomputers Thanks to ATP Chemical Found in Humans

March 7th, 2016

Recently, scientists from McGill University have discovered that ATP, “a chemical which provides energy to cells inside the human body, could also power an energy efficient biological supercomputer,” according to Valuewalk.com. Valuewalk said the researchers…read more

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Quantum Heat Transfer Proven Possible Over Long Distances

February 15th, 2016

A research group at Aalto University, Finland, has discovered a way to efficiently cool down quantum processors without disturbing computer operations. According to Phys.org, the scientists, led by quantum physicist Mikko Möttönen, transported heat faster…read more

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Nominations Open for IEEE ITherm Achievement Award

February 8th, 2016

The biennial ITherm Achievement Award is open for nominations for 2016. The Award is presented in recognition of significant contributions made in thermal and thermomechanical management of electronics, of pioneering and sustaining electronics thermal/thermomechanical research…read more

New Lithium-Ion Battery Prevents Itself from Overheating

February 1st, 2016

Researchers at Stanford have designed the first lithium-ion battery that can shut down and restart on its own to prevent overheating. “The battery shuts [itself] down before overheating, then restarts immediately when the temperature cools,”…read more

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Innovative Liquid Cooling Technology for the ExaNeSt Project

January 8th, 2016

Iceotope is using innovative liquid cooling technology for the European project ExaNeSt as reported by Inside HPC. The ExaNeSt project objective is to develop a prototype exascale supercomputer in three years. Peter Hopton from Iceotope…read more

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Graphene Coatings Increase Thermal Conductivity of Plastics

November 10th, 2014

A group of researchers and engineers have discovered that by adding a graphene coating to materials, the thermal conductivity of the materials increases by 600 times. In the group’s experiment, a common plastic called PET,…read more

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Plastic Compounds Lower Weight of Automobiles by 50 Percent

November 10th, 2014

RTP Company announces its new thermally conductive compounds that reduce the weight in vehicles by replacing metal in the heating and cooling systems. “The automotive market is putting more emphasis on eliminating metals in order…read more

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Nanodiamonds Boost Thermal Conductivity of Thermoplastics

July 18th, 2014

Carbodeon has announced the release of new nanodiamond-enhanced thermoplastics, which offer a 20-100 percent improvement in thermal conductivity compared to traditional materials. The new uDiamond® products can achieve a 20 percent increase in polymer thermal…read more

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Thermally Conductive Plastic for LED Heat Sinks Reduces Lighting Costs

June 4th, 2014

Bayer Material Science has announced Makrolon® polycarbonate as the latest addition to its family of heat-resistant plastics designed specifically for LED heat sink applications. Compared with aluminum, this grade of Makrolon polycarbonate conduct similar thermal performance…read more

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