The fanless heatsink – coming soon?

By on June 26, 2012
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Fanless cooling system results in quieter operation and is 30 times more efficient.


Heat is the largest concern when talking about most modern-day electronic devices. From tablets to laptops to mobile phones, keeping devices cool is essential to making sure that they’re operating efficiently and not overheating.

While traditional desktop PCs have always employed a heatsink+fan model to cool processors, this model has its pros and cons, and is mostly susceptible to dust settling on the fans and slowing them down over time. So the brains over at Sandia National Laboratories decided to think up “The Sandia Cooler”, a fanless cooling system that would be more efficient that traditional methods. The system employs a cast metal impeller that spins around at over 2000+ RPM, effectively becoming the fan for the setup. And because of the way the fan is designed and the speed at which it is moving, as well as the centrifugal force created by the spinning, dust cannot settle on the blades or on any other part of the system.

If the system were to be adapted in most modern electronics, it would lead to thinner and quieter electronics, and desktop computers would no longer need to depend on large heatsinks or complex liquid cooling solutions. For an in-depth explanation of The Sandia Cooler, check out the demonstration video below:



A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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