A chilling silence


That's right, we all may soon rid ourselves of those noisy, infernal, goldberg-esque cooling setups soon. Researchers have discovered a highly accurate thermoelectric material that becomes cool when conducting electricity. According to its inventors:
For a 20 percent premium in manufacturing chips, the patented material may increase their speed 100 percent by dropping a circuit's internal temperature as much as 200°C below current operating temperatures . . . The material could enable applications in cooling chips and boards in computers
This is quite a breakthrough. We could see some pretty big leaps in performance well worth the premium.
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