Pushing the environmental limits of performance is essentially the definition of mil-aero design. While box-level computing systems create an advantage with Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) pre-validated for a range of rugged application needs, developers must also possess a comprehensive understanding how thermal factors affect their designs. Design challenges can involve everything from managing the ambient environment and component and sub-system power dissipation to accommodating the “as installed” thermal factor. Each of these considerations must be addressed keeping in mind greater performance capabilities coupled with continued reductions in system footprint to determine the optimal cooling option.
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