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Surface Mounted Fluid and Electrical Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100655D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 259K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a surface mounted connector for balancing fluid flow control in a liquid cooling system used to cool heat dissipating electronic devices. Benefits include a solution that enables both fluid and electrical flow from the main PCB.

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Surface Mounted Fluid and Electrical Connector

Disclosed is a method for a surface mounted connector for balancing fluid flow control in a liquid cooling system used to cool heat dissipating electronic devices. Benefits include a solution that enables both fluid and electrical flow from the main PCB.

Background

Current heat sink technologies have approached a limit when used in air-cooling applications.  The current solutions are unable to adequately cool higher-performing, heat-generating processors in confined spaces.

General Description

The disclosed method includes a surface mounted and balanced fluid/electrical connector for a liquid cooling system in a volumetrically constrained blade computer, (such as the advanced TCA single-board computer).  The connector is used in conjunction with a liquid cooling system that includes: fluid cold plates, pumps, a heat exchanger, reservoirs, tubes, and cooling fluid. The connector is mounted to the surface of the main board of the computer blade, and connected to multiple hot-swappable mezzanine liquid cooling systems. The connector is designed to be leak-free, and to be connected and disconnected quickly; it is also designed to supply power to components on the mezzanine card, and is self-routing for balanced fluid flow. The components of the overall liquid cooling system are shown in Figure 1. A description of the connector is below:

§         Leak-free quick connect/disconnect (see Figure 2)

§         Supplies electrical power to mezzanine card (to power pumps on the card)

§         Enables attachment to multiple liquid cooling mezzanine cards (see Figure 3)

§         Balances fluid flow when only one card is at...