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Micro-Pump is Cool Idea (Image 1)

June 14, 2010
Micro-Pump is Cool Idea (Image 1) Purdue University's Brian D. Iverson (left), a mechanical engineering doctoral student, and mechanical engineering professor Suresh Garimella use a microscope to examine a disk containing "micro-pump" cooling devices, which are small enough to fit on a computer chip. The tiny pumps circulate water through channels etched into the chip. The technology is an example of a microelectromechanical system, or MEMS -- tiny mechanical devices fabricated using methods generally associated with microelectronics. Such innovative cooling systems will be a necessity for future computer chips because they will generate more heat, which could damage a device or hinder it's performance. This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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