Do you remember the Sandia Cooler that we first showed you last year that was supposed to be a CPU Cooler breakthrough? It appears that cooling technology is still being developed and have learned that Sandia National Laboratories has begun licensing the technology out to interested parties. So far two companies (one computer HSF maker and one LED light maker) have licensed the technology. The Sandia Cooler is basically a cast metal impeller that floats on a hydrodynamic air bearing just a thousandth of an inch (0.03 millimeters) above a metal heat pipe spreader, powered by a brushless motor in the middle.
The Sandia Cooler is 30-times more efficient than conventional air-cooled heat exchangers and is available for licensing to electronics and solid state lighting cooling manufacturers.