Summary #1270

Self-cooling Microchip Provides a Tiny Solution to a Giant Problem
  • Some say Moore’s law has stopped and it’s due to overheating, but researchers found a new way to cool microchips.
  • In a new study, cooling liquid was integrated directly into the chip, potentially leading to huge improvements in efficiency compared to other ways of cooling.
  • It’s called “microfluidic-electronic co-design”, and three other types of this design were attempted in the past, but this is the most promising so far.
  • Cooling channels are integrated with the chip in a single plate, and buried right below the active, heating areas of the chip.
  • The method has drawbacks that need to be addressed before production, but the initial results are very promising.


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