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Researcher says the solid-state fan is the biggest improvement in cooling since the heat pipe


Many computer enthusiasts understand that how fast a processor runs is in part dependent on how well the chip can be cooled. This is why record-setting benchmark runs are typically made with processors cooled by exotic means.

Cooling is just as important for mobile systems like notebook computers and other portable electronics. The size of the fan required for the system can affect how small devices can be built. A pair of engineers from Thorrn Micro Technologies Inc, Dan Schlitz and Vishal Singhal, have developed a new solid-state fan that works similarly to household air purifiers.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=11158

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With SSD's and solid state fans we're close to actually being able to make a comp with no moving parts
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Now that is impressive science!
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Imagine computer whitout any noise *dreaming*

That would be kinda scary sitting in a totally quiet room.
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Give me 5 120mm versions, and then we'll be talkin
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Ion fan? They built one for CPU cooling in Jan 2007. Still in research stage though.
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Schlitz says, “The technology has the power to cool a 25-watt chip with a device smaller than 1 cubic-cm and can someday be integrated into silicon to make self-cooling chips.”
That'll be pretty cool... (no pun!)

Woulda been cool if they'd included a 120 on their chart (for comparison), but only goes up to a 40mm LOLz...

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Ion fan?
I know what you're thinking Duckie... and no, you cannot put a bunch on the bottom of your case and have lift-off! (Maybe you could... that's be freaky...)
    
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What about static though? Considering it's ionic most likely?

I mean, I have one of those big sharper image doodads. It moves
a lot of air, but it makes everything static in my house.

Winter = Dry Air. Dry Air + Ions = Staticness.

Staticness + Electronics = The virtual crap hitting the ionic fan
(IE: Pop pop. Fizz fizz. Oh what blue smoke there is)

Granted I don't think such a tiny "fan" would cause that much issue.
But I wonder if a 120mm equivalent would? Maybe that's why
theres none listed.
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I know what you're thinking Duckie... and no, you cannot put a bunch on the bottom of your case and have lift-off! (Maybe you could... that's be freaky...)
I believe the Xenon Ion Engine is the fastest engine humans currently have in real-world use.
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