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John O | May 2019

University program working to commercialize microscale liquid cooling technology

By Josh Perry, Editor


Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.) researcher Daniel Lorenzini developed a liquid cooling system that enabled overclocking chips to perform at lower temperatures than commercial hardware and he is now working with VentureLab, a Georgia Tech program, to commercialize this technology.


Daniel Lorenzini prepares to test a microchip as part of his liquid cooling system technology he developed at Georgia Tech. (Péralte C. Paul/Georgia Tech)


According to a report from the school, Lorenzini’s system avoided the standard method of cooling microchips by passing coolant over the casing, which caused thermal throttling and could limit a system’s performance.


Instead, Lorenzini created a technology to allows coolant to pass directly over the chip itself. He claimed that the increased efficiency of the cooling system removed five times as much heat as conventional methods. Overclockers could increase the voltage to the processors and run higher frequencies.


To promote this technology, Lorenzini is working with VentureLab to create a new company, EMCOOL. The article noted, “The breakthrough could be a significant one for the gaming industry, the first sector Lorenzini identified as being ready-made for his micro cooling system.”


With the help of VentureLab, Lorenzini received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) and $50,000 from the Georgia Research Alliance. The first round of investments included $100,000 from investors in Lorenzini’s native Mexico.


He also received the Entrepreneurial Integrity Award from the Mexican government for founding Cooling Tree Systems, which was on of the first Latin American companies to commercialize liquid cooling.


EMCOOL is expected to be fully incorporated this month and has a provisional patent on the liquid cooling technology.

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