Remotely Located Low Temperature Refrigeration System for Computers
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Chip speeds are well known to increase by lowering chip temperatures. Current CMOS chip circuit designs perform approximately 2% faster for each 10C that the chip temperature is lowered. Existing refrigeration technologies are able to lower chip temperatures by roughly 100C, hence yielding the potential for 20% speed increases. All existing low-temperature cooled computer offerings include the refrigeration system within the confines of the computer, hence resulting in either a taller computer or a larger footprint. However, many product segments are very sensitive to overall product dimensions. As such, having the flexibility to remotely locate the refrigeration system provides a competitive/marketing advantage. Product segments which are sensitive to product volume include, but are not limited to: 1) Desktop computers in which minimization of the product dimensions is extremely important. Increasing the computer footprint reduces the available workspace, while increasing the computer height moves the monitor to unacceptable heights. 2) Deskside computer where increasing the box height would not allow the system to fit under a table or counter.