Conference paper

A practical implementation of silicon microchannel coolers for high power chips


This paper describes a practical implementation of a single-phase Si microchannel cooler designed for cooling very high power chips such as microprocessors. Through the use of multiple heat exchanger zones and optimized cooler fin designs, a unit thermal resistance 10.5 C-mm 2/W from the cooler surface to the inlet water was demonstrated with a fluid pressure drop of <35 kPa. Further, cooling of a thermal test chip with a microchannel cooler bonded to it packaged in a single chip module was also demonstrated for a chip power density greater than 300 W/cm 2. Coolers of this design should be able to cool chips with average power densities of 400 W/cm 2 or more.