IP5-09-03 Redirect Air Flow Using Scoops and Guides
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-27
Computer memory subsystems are increasing in density and speed while computer enclosure sizes keep getting smaller for the same number of components, everything contributing to an increasing thermal challenge. Previously a system with multiple DIMMS hardly needed any direct cooling but recently designs have been challenged in the ability to sufficiently cool the memory subsystem. Current solutions to this problem include increasing the air flow with more fans or more expensive fans, limiting the number of DIMMS in the system. Modern chipsets help distribute this heat load among the populated DIMMS such that they all run cooler but a problem occurs when not all of the DIMMS are populated. In fact, the thermal problem at the memory level gets worse with fewer DIMMS, not better even though at the system level there is less total heat.