Mikros Technologies: High-Efficiency Liquid Cooling for High Power Processors
"We're able to cool hotter chips in smaller areas, even with lower flow rates, in a hyper-scale data center," says Drew Matter, vice president, Mikros Technologies. "Our liquid cooling solutions can dissipate more than 1 kW/ cm2 with as low as 20°C temperature rise or three psi pressure drop." The company offers microchannel and minichannel liquid cooling solutions powered by its patented Normal Flow cold plates.
Mikros cold plates have found a use in data centers where more cooling needs to be achieved with less power input, saving operating costs. The data centers can utilize higher inlet fluid temperatures or smaller pumps with their more efficient heat transfer rates to meet higher ASHRAE targets for sustainability. Mikros Technology can also tailor its MicroMatrix™ technology for higher cooling over hotter die on a multi-chip module (MCM) and lesser cooling over lower power die to keep the thermal dynamics even across the chip. In addition, Mikros’ cold plate designs can be used in lidless chips to track the die curvature and its dynamic contraction to minimize the bond line thickness of the thermal interface material, which is a significant help to the thermal management of next-generation processors.
A prototype can be delivered in a matter of weeks. Take the example of the Anton 3 supercomputer developed by DE Shaw Research. Designed for molecular dynamics, Anton Three models the bond dynamics of proteins by the femtosecond. DE Shaw Research approached Mikros with a custom ASIC silicon and many other power modules and components on their board. Mikros developed a cold plate that cooled the high-powered lidless ASIC and the power modules around it. It has been deployed in over 5000 nodes in the new release of the supercomputer.
Our liquid cooling solutions can dissipate more than 1 kW/cm2 with as low as 20°C temperature rise or three psi pressure drop
From NASA Johnson Space Center to Anton 3, Mikros Technologies has had a long journey as a thermal innovation house. They have expertise in single- and two-phase cooling, but they approaches each client with a fresh slate to optimize performance, value and cost. The academic powerhouse backing the company enables it to design and use innovations developed over the past 30 years. Whether on the heat transfer side, inside a cold plate, or even mechanically across a server board, Mikros addresses local chip cooling or broader assembly issues. The company ensures its clients achieve their thermal goals and exceed their intended outcomes as quickly and efficiently as possible.