Consumer

Thermal Material Provides Both Compressibility and Conformability with Phase-Change Ability

April 17th, 2014

AI Technology, Inc. has released COOL-PAD™ CPR7154, a thermal interface material that dispenses like a thermal pad but exhibits characteristics like that of a grease or gel when device temperatures increase to above 45°C. Ideal…read more

Flexible Thermoelectric Generator Could Power Wearable Devices Using Body Heat

April 11th, 2014

Researchers have developed a new thermoelectric generator that could replace batteries as a more versatile power source. As interest grows in wearable electronics like Google Glass, smartwatches and fitness trackers, finding a suitable, long-lasting reliable…read more

Gummy Electrolyte Could Reduce Battery Fire Hazard

March 10th, 2014

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new conductive gum-like material that could improve the safety of lithium ion batteries. Used in laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices, lithium ion batteries are capable of…read more

Nanoscale Pillars May Improve Thermoelectric Materials

March 10th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say a new method of improving thermoelectric materials could lead to the development of better solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment and effective devices that could turn waste…read more

Magnetic Refrigeration Could Replace Compressor Systems

March 7th, 2014

Researchers working in GE labs have used special magnetic material to generate temperatures cold enough to freeze water in a breakthrough that could find its way into commercial refrigerators by the end of the decade.…read more

Researchers Eye Passive Cooling System for Microelectronics

March 6th, 2014

Researchers at San Diego State University in California are examining an alternative to traditional heat pipes they say could help increase cooling efficiency in laptops and other portable electronic devices. Known as pulsating or oscillating…read more

Apple Files Patent for Smaller, Quieter Wireless Cooling Fan

February 20th, 2014

A patent application filed by Apple hints at the company’s latest plan to bypass design limitations and shrink their devices even more. While the technology company strives to develop increasingly lighter and thinner products, certain…read more

Cooling Fans and Accessories Protect Critical Components

February 10th, 2014

NTE Electronics has released a new line of cooling fans and accessories to protect critical electronic components from premature failure due to heat. Available in five different sizes—40x40mm, 60x60mm, 80x80mm, 92x92mm and 120x120mm—the new AC…read more

Heating Up Nanodevices May Keep Electronics Cool

January 28th, 2014

As electronic devices have grown smaller and more powerful, new thermal management methods have been created to help prevent them from overheating; however, researchers and engineers are in a constant race to come up with…read more

Hybrid Liquid-Air-Cooled Heat Sink for Extreme Environments

December 16th, 2013

CoolClouds, Inc. has announced the availability of a new class of heat sinks for use in high performance computers or extreme environments starting mid-Q1 2014. According to the company, SuprCool-PC is the first “in-chassis” heat…read more

Technique Combines Heat Sinks for More Effective Cooling

November 22nd, 2013

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a new two-phase technique they say is up to 50 percent more effective in cooling electronic systems compared to current cooling technology. Led by Lee Poh…read more

Connectors for Liquid Cooling Applications

November 21st, 2013

Colder Products Company, a provider of quick disconnect couplings and fittings for plastic tubing, has released the new LQ6 series connectors. Designed specifically for liquid cooling applications requiring multiple connect and disconnect cycles, these specialized…read more

Flexible Thermal Absorbing Films Boost Heat Dissipation in Small Electronics

November 21st, 2013

Manufacturing company Henkel has released Loctite TAF, a new thermal absorbing film designed to address the heat management challenges associated with small but high-functioning handheld electronic devices. “Managing the intense heat generated by today’s handheld…read more

Heat Sink Watch Helps Wearer Manage Body Temperature

November 11th, 2013

Four engineering students at MIT have developed a thermoelectric bracelet designed to help wearers maintain a comfortable body temperature. Resembling a wristwatch, the invention, known as Wristify, monitors air and skin temperature and sends pulses…read more