If you think that PC air cooling is an antiquated, inefficient method of keeping temperatures down, you might want to listen to what US-based CoolChip Technologies has in store for the cooling market. At CES, it is showcasing a prototype of its 1U cooler that uses “Kinetic Cooling Technology”.
The cooler has an ultra low profile that starts with a copper contact plate resting on the heat source. Next is the motor that sits hidden under an aluminum impeller that doubles as the heatsink and fan. Heat is transferred from the contact plate to the impeller fins using a minute air gap where the spin of the impeller removes it.
This is in effect a space-saving top down style cooler that boasts a 50% improvement in cooling performance, but without the bulky clearance requirements and noisy fans of traditional air coolers. Going by the promotional video, the prototype spins at 3,000 RPM, pushes 18 CFM of air, and makes less than 35 dBA of noise.
All of this information is available on the company’s website, but a fresh new press release states that CoolChip has entered into a partnership with Cooler Master. This is huge news for what is likely a little known company because it could mean that not only are Cooler Master’s manufacturing capabilities available, but also its vast distribution network.
There’s no timeframe for the release of a retail product, so stay tuned.