Intel Patents Related Component Cooling Concept

The document specifically refers to hardware that is used in both desktop and mobile computer systems, but runs into heat dissipation limitations on notebooks. Depending on user preference, the patent outlines a "thermal zone" consisting of multiple components whose temperature can be controlled and as well as devices that cannot be controlled.

Since the temperature of individual devices can be significantly affected by the temperature of nearby devices, Intel says that "the cooling of a hot controllable component may indirectly help cool a nearby non-controllable component." A thermal zone would be defined by the characteristics of the individual devices that would allow the system to create a "thermal relationship table", which provides the necessary data to achieve indirect cooling of components that cannot be directly controlled to reduce their heat dissipation.

According to Intel, the table would include information "how much change [for] one component [is necessary] in order for that change to have an effect on another component" and "how long it takes for a change in one component to affect another component."

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  • husker
    An interesting idea, but I'm not sure if this doesn't just fall into the "common sense" category. All it is doing is using general thermal readings to adjust the output of a specific device.
  • theuniquegamer
    Good concept but is a little impractical for a enthusiast level desktops because they can afford cooling for almost every components without need to worry about performance
  • rex86
    please stop patenting basic ideas. it's not worth it and you're making it worse for everyone.