Quote from X-Bit Labs: Via X-bit Labs: "The Purdue University researchers, in work funded by Intel, have shown that the technology increased the "heat-transfer coefficient," which describes the cooling rate, by as much as 250 percent. Other experimental technologies that may be applied to cool down future chips promise only 40%-50% cooling efficiency improvement. When used in combination with a conventional fan, the experimental device enhanced the fan's effectiveness by increasing airflow to the surface of a mock computer chip. The new technology could help engineers design thinner laptop computers that run cooler than today's machines.
The experimental cooling device, which was fabricated on top of a mock computer chip, works by generating ions - or electrically charged atoms - using electrodes placed near one another. The device contained a positively charged wire, or anode, and negatively charged electrodes, called cathodes. The anode was positioned about 10 millimeters above the cathodes. When voltage was passed through the device, the negatively charged electrodes discharged electrons toward the positively charged anode. Along the way, the electrons collided with air molecules, producing positively charged ions, which were then attracted back toward the negatively charged electrodes, creating an "ionic wind." This breeze increased the airflow on the surface of the experimental chip." I want the ionic CPU cooler and I want it now!!!!!