NEC announces new phase-change cooler

May 3, 2010 | 09:34

Tags: #air-cooling #heatsink #liquid-cooling #phase-change #phase-change-cooling #radiator

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NEC has released preliminary details on a new method for cooling processors which it claims offers massively improved efficiency over existing systems.

According to coverage over on CrunchGear, the company has developed a new cooling system based around chlorofluorocarbon replacements which boil at 50 degrees - changing into a vapour which is moved to a heat exchanger unit to be turned back into a liquid once more.

While phase-change cooling systems aren't new, NEC's latest creation boasts some impressive claims: according to the company, the new cooling system uses 60 percent less energy than a watercooling system - and 80 percent less than a high-end air-cooling system. Due to its increased efficiency, the system runs quieter as well, with the fan running at a slower pace than in a traditional air-cooling system.

Perhaps most importantly for future adoption of the technology, NEC has price on its side too: the company claims that systems based around the CFC-replacement technology could work out up to 70 percent cheaper to produce than equivalent watercooling systems.

While the company isn't aiming the first generation of its technology at the consumer level - instead looking to use it internally before offering it to data centres as a way of cutting their energy costs - it could represent a glimpse of the future of cooling.

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