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Intel develops outer-skin notebook cooling

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Thu October 23, 2008

Intel Laminar Jet Cooling

Intel on Thursday demonstrated a new cooling process that could solve the increasing problem of hot outsides on notebooks. Similar to the process used for cooling the surface of a jet engine, the semiconductor giant has produced a laminar jet airflow system that actively pushes the hot air away from the bottom of the case, rendering it cool enough to sit on a lap without overheating the notebook owner's legs or having to rely on bulkier active cooling.

The laminar jet system is an official design and can be licensed by notebook manufacturers to include in their own products. Intel doesn't name customers but says the cooling system is crucial to future notebooks, which may run as hot or hotter than existing processors but are more likely to be thinner.

Intel has lately been emphasizing low power use for mainstream notebook processors, with multiple Core 2 Duo processors dropping from 35W to 25W of power without affecting their performance.

by MacNN Staff





  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this is just too obvious and why hasn't someone else thought of this before?

  1. bauhaus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    done already

    IBM did this and implemented this on certian models of the Thinkpad laptops nearly 10 years ago. It's in their research papers and was presented/published.

  1. bauhaus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I believe it was even called laminar cooling

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Incorrect picture

    The picture shown above is not of laminar jets but that of regular vents that are there in many laptops today. This may be confusing readers. The laminar jets has a specially designed vane or louver to direct the entrained air flow next to the bottom skin.

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