A More Powerful Chip with Transistor-Integrated Cooling
Managing the heat generated in electronics is a big challenge. Typically electronic technologies, designed by electrical engineers, and cooling systems, designed by mechanical engineers, are done independently and separately. Researchers at EPFL have now developed an integrated microfluidic cooling technology together with the electronics, which can efficiently manage the large heat fluxes generated by transistors. The research could lead to even more compact electronic devices and enable the integration of power converters, with several high-voltage devices, into a single chip.