The importance of thermal management

22 11 2011

Information Technology today is touching every walk of life. From banking to ticket reservation, billing to accounting, trading stocks to ATM’s, we simply cannot do without the use of Information Technology in the modern age. 

The modern age is about the speed at which things happen. This is possible because of one particularly important component in the computer, the processor. However, with so much of an electric impulse passing through them, processors are bound to heat up at a rapid speed. This calls for effective thermal management in computers.

Thermal management is the process of successfully controlling or cooling the processor in the computer so that the heat build-up will not harm the way in which the device operates. The earlier models had heat sinks attached close to the processors that absorbed the heat, allowing the processor can do its job effectively. 

Heat sinks are ‘L’ shaped aluminium strips which absorb the heat rapidly. Constant research into faster processors has given us modern day computers that enable us to transfer money, reserve tickets, search for information, and download games and movies swiftly. This speed heats up the processor rapidly.

However, simply installing the heat sinks was not adequate enough to dissipate heat with the same speed it was being generated. Researchers also found a solution for this though. They devised small fans that blow out air through the processors continuously. With a good rpm, they drive out the heat generated in the processors effectively.  

The protection of intricate devices such as surface boards from extreme heat is a basic, yet essential, requirement within the electronics industry.

Challenger Components Ltd have extensive knowledge of thermal management and cooling solutions. For further information on anything relating to this subject, as well as the full range of products from a number of established brands, visit







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