The assignee for this patent, patent number 8646701, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "As the size of semiconductor devices has continued to shrink and circuit densities have increased accordingly, thermal management of these devices has become more challenging. In the past, thermal management in semiconductor devices was often addressed through the use of forced convective air cooling, either alone or in conjunction with various heat sink devices, and was accomplished through the use of fans. However, fan-based cooling systems are undesirable due to the noise attendant to their use. Moreover, the use of fans requires relatively large moving parts, and correspondingly high power inputs, in order to achieve the desired level of heat transfer. Furthermore, while fans are adequate for providing global movement of air over electronic devices, they generally provide insufficient localized cooling to provide adequate heat dissipation for the hot spots that typically exist in semiconductor devices and in many types of electronic equipment.
"More recently, thermal management systems have been developed which utilize synthetic jet ejectors. These systems are more energy efficient than comparable fan-based systems, and also offer reduced levels of noise and electromagnetic interference. Systems of this type are described in greater detail, for example, in U.S. Pat. No. 6,588,497 (Glezer et al.). The use of synthetic jet ejectors has proven very efficient in providing localized heat dissipation, and hence can be used to address hot spots in semiconductor devices and electronic equipment. Synthetic jet ejectors may be used in conjunction with fan-based systems to provide thermal management systems that afford both global and localized heat dissipation.
"Despite their notable advantages, however, there is a need in the art for further improvements in synthetic jet ejectors. In particular, many synthetic jet ejectors currently available or proposed in the literature have designs that are difficult and costly to manufacture, and that lack adequate safeguards to ensure proper assembly. There is thus a need in the art for synthetic jet ejectors, and for methods of making the same, which overcome these infirmities. These and other needs may be met by the systems and methodologies disclosed herein."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In one aspect, a method is provided for making a synthetic jet ejector. In accordance with the method, first and second synthetic jet housing portions are molded out of a moldable material, and a synthetic jet actuator is encased in a synthetic jet housing formed by joining the first and second housing portions along a seam. The resulting synthetic jet housing contains at least one aperture adapted to emit a synthetic jet.
"In another aspect, a synthetic jet ejector is provided which comprises a first housing portion, and a second housing portion which attaches to the first housing portion. The first and second housing portions form first and second portions, respectively, of at least one passageway adapted to emit at least one synthetic jet."
For more information, see this patent: Grimm,
Keywords for this news article include: Electronics,
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