Tuesday, December 18, 2012

GE develops thinner, quieter cooling device

c|net reports: [edited]

General Electric has developed an ultraslim cooling solution that could be used in laptops and tablets in the near future.

The cooler uses what GE calls dual piezoelectric cooling jets (DCJ for short). Unlike fan-based versions, which utilize spinning blades, the DCJ implementation is akin to mini bellows that suck in cool air and push out warm air.

GE touts its cooling solution as measuring just 4mm (less than a quarter of an inch), half that of existing coolers. It also runs more quietly. These characteristics make such a system very desirable for ultraslim devices such as ultraportable laptops and tablets.

GE has licensed the DCJ technology to Fujikura, a Japanese thermal-management company, but probably take a couple more years before the technology makes its way into retail products.

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