As the semiconductor industry continues its quest for smaller and faster chips, it’s running into a heat wave. With more transistors crammed onto them, chips are using more power and hence getting hotter-and the heat is becoming more concentrated and harder to dissipate. The problem has become so severe that, for chips used in applications such as servers and laptops, gains in processing speed have started to do some dissipating of their own.
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