State of the Art in Thermal Management - From Vacuum Tube to Super Computers
. by Kaveh Azar, Ph.D.,
Thermal management, more than ever before, has become the center of attention in a successful launch of a product. The challenge that we all face as product managers or engineers is to select, design or deploy a successful cooling solution suitable for the product at hand while meeting its market requirements. As the result, we often overlook what is available on the market and what has been developed to meet the cooling challenges of different electronics. The range of cooling options varies from natural convection in air to cryogenic cooling – or any other solution that lies in between. In this presentation, the cooling technologies that have been developed across the electronics market sector – ranging from consumer electronics to high capacity computing to military/avionics equipment, will be presented. The use and reason behind deployment of such cooling technologies along with their salient points will be discussed. The presentation will close with the options to exercise when selecting a cooling system while highlighting the best path for meeting the market requirements of a given electronic system.