New Cooling Technology for Portables

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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According to a CNet article (“New cooling technology may shrink portable devices“) a bay area company has developed a new cooling technology, IsoSkin, that will help laptops run cooler.

A San Francisco company has received two patents for technology that may help achieve the Holy Grail of portable devices: making something smaller while not decreasing its battery life.

Novel Concepts has registered the patents for a passive cooling technology called IsoSkin. It consists of two pieces of metal separated by about 500 microns–less than the thickness of a credit card–and partly filled with fluid in a vacuum, according to the company.

In most cases the fluid is just a few grams of water, depending on the size of the device. IsoSkin is meant to be built into the case of a device and take heat from a hot spot, such as the area near a processor, and transfer it to a cooler area.

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