News TSMC Exploring On-Chip, Semiconductor-Integrated Watercooling

hotaru251

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we knew yr or 2 ago some ppl were testing water cooled on chip cooling.

and liek 6 yrs ago was when we heard ppl doing stuff related to FPGA
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1PyD-oYF6HQJ:https://news.gatech.edu/2015/10/05/liquid-cooling-moves-chip-denser-electronics+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1-d

and last yr it was microchannels in microchips by the swiss


the results were fairly good.

Not a shock they are being looked at by the big boys now.
 

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This is good. IMHO, chip stacking is likely the norm for future as we cramp more and more transistors into a die. There is a limit to how big it can get, so going vertical is the only way.

Maybe high power CPUs will come with integrated waterblocks.
 

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Wow. DARPA's Ice Cool Program did similar research. IBM modified one of their chips under the program. Boeing, Lockheed, Northrup, Raytheon developed their own variants under the program. Great to see the tech make it's way to civilian application.
 

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Wow. DARPA's Ice Cool Program did similar research. IBM modified one of their chips under the program. Boeing, Lockheed, Northrup, Raytheon developed their own variants under the program. Great to see the tech make it's way to civilian application.
It will still take years to see it in consumer products, it will first be used in the server market as usual. Then for the HEDT market.

Two of the simplest issues I can think about is the mechanical support for consumers, I mean water cooling a PC hasn't been that much in the PC sector till we started to have an AIO solutions, custom loops is still not as consumer friendly as one might think of.
The second thing is the coolant, as we're heading towards even smaller grooves and structures even smaller than any modern micro-channel water block, the quality of the coolant and level of contamination will be crucial. Some engineers will for sure think about integrating a filter in the CPU/GPU package.
 

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