ACT Launches a New Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe Product Line

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 17, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has launched a new product line of high performance Vapor Chamber Heat Pipes for commercial and military electronics cooling.

Vapor chambers are essentially planar heat pipes. They are used to efficiently spread high heat fluxes from CPUs and power electronics to a much larger area where the heat can be dissipated by traditional heat sinks.

ACT’s vapor chambers are capable of meeting the needs of today’s most challenging electronics cooling requirements. These products can handle heat fluxes beyond 25W/cm2 with thermal resistances less than 0.15°C/W. However, even these performance levels are insufficient for the next generation military electronics.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has identified vapor chambers as one of the best options to address some of the next generation requirements. Earlier in 2007, DARPA released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit advanced vapor chamber concepts. The goal was to develop a Thermal Ground Plane (TGP) that will be an integral part of the next generation electronics modules.

As a result of ACT’s design and manufacturing expertise in heat pipes and the strength in our advanced vapor chamber concepts, DARPA awarded the team of ACT, UCLA and University of Michigan a three year $4.3 million contract to develop the next generation vapor chamber technology. This R&D effort will lead to significant improvements in ACT’s future vapor chamber products.

The new vapor chamber heat pipe products and the DARPA TGP program are managed by ACT’s Technical Services & Products Group.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

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