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September 15, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

Columbia, South Carolina-based Kryotech Inc is working on new room temperature cooling technology it intends to offer PC OEMs and value added resellers as a replacement for the traditional fan. Kroytech, better known for freezing chips to -40 degrees Celsius in order to boost clock speeds, says it will initially apply the new as yet unnamed technology to Intel Corp’s Pentium II, and probably to other chips as well. It will come in the form of a separate box inside the PC which feeds tubes though an open bay, and is designed to keep a processor within 5% of the ambient temperature level. It works better than a fan, said a company spokesperson, who estimated the unit would cost between $200 and $250. It could be useful in highly specified PCs or those with small form factors, replacing on-board fans and heat sinks. The unit is due out in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Kryotech says it won’t be affected by Intel Corp initiatives to stop the practice of ‘overclocking’ chips. Intel has included ‘anti- overclocking’ technology in its Celeron range of chips, and reports suggest that Advanced Micro Devices Inc is considering doing the same. Overclocking can damage the processor and cause software problems, and chip manufacturers will often cancel warranties on overclocked systems. But Kryotech says it works only at the corporate level with chip manufacturers – including both Intel and AMD – and so has their full approval. Intel bypassed its own anti-overclocking technology when it demonstrated a 702MHz Pentium II Kryotech-cooled system at Cebit earlier this year, a company spokesperson said.

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