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Hot And Cold

Intel’s X-Lab: Tomorrow’s Network Happens Here
Hot And Cold

Networks have to function everywhere—from the frigid Subarctic to the enclosed swelter of an engine room. X-Lab techs call this Thermonics temperature forcing device the “Elephant Arm,” and it can drive component temperatures down under -55˚C and up to over 250˚C. The idea is to focus an air stream onto the case of a device.

Techs needed extreme cooling when working on first-generation devices owing to their 17 W to 25 W power envelopes. The amount of heat generated under load required significant air conditioning to get the chip down to 0ºC. Pete would have demonstrated, but the machine is loud enough to require ear protection, and we didn’t have any on hand.

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