31 Mar '14, 7pm

Polymer Nanofibers Could Beat the Heat in Chips

Polymer Nanofibers Could Beat the Heat in Chips

Back in 2001, Patrick P. Gelsinger, at the time the chief technology officer at Intel Corp., suggested that if the trend towards hotter and hotter chips continued—which thankfully it did not—microprocessors would generate heat equivalent to the temperature found on the surface of the sun within a decade (the time that we currently inhabit). In order to overcome this thermal management issue, researchers have, for the past decade, been researching and using different nanomaterials and nanostructures to beat the heat . Now researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a polymer with aligned arrays of nanofibers that acts as a thermal interface for electronics . This alignment, they report, makes it 20 times better at conducting heat than the original polymer. The research, which was published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (“High thermal conductivit...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/materia...

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