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Method for briefcase cooling to prevent thermal overheat of a laptop while it operates inside a carrying case

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007499D
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 362K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for briefcase cooling. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for briefcase cooling to prevent thermal overheat of a laptop while it operates inside a carrying case

Disclosed is a method for briefcase cooling. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

              In the consumer market, portable systems are conventionally left in a sleep mode or powered off and stored in a briefcase. The functionality of the device is limited when it is being carried by the end user. New usage paradigms, such as the “always-on” model, require increased functionality and create a demand for “cooling on the go.”

              In the industrial or military segment, the conventional usage model for “continuous computing” is limited by unavailability of such a device.

Description

              The disclosed method includes a briefcase that provides necessary cooling for a portable electronic device to perform power intensive functions while being transported. The briefcase has a docking bay located in its base (see Figure 1). The laptop connects to the docking bay. Because the dock bay is integrated with the briefcase, cooling methods extend through the case and enable the laptop to exchange heat within the confines of the case and with the surrounding air. The general concept may include various cooling mechanisms, such as a thermoelectric cooler, venting ports, heat pipes, and a ducted fan.

              Various carrying devices (see Figure 2) can incorporate the cooling mechanism.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides a solution for a transportable cooling unit.

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