Apple patent application describes hybrid diamond cooling system for MacBooks

“MacNN was first to break the news earlier this week concerning a newly proposed notebook cooling system patent form Apple and today, the US Patent & Trademark Office has revealed that Apple is also contemplating a secondary approach to cooling systems for notebooks,” MacNN reports.

This newly-revealed “approach involves the use of a hybrid diamond heat spreader,” MacNN reports.

“According to the documentation, Apple has been hard at work on this issue since early 2007… In some embodiments, the documentation reveals that the heat spreader includes an allotrope of carbon having an approximately face-centered-cubic crystal structure, such as single-crystal or polycrystalline diamond,” MacNN reports.

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17 Comments

  1. I love that they research and think of such things. At Dell, I imagine it goes something like this:

    Hey Gomer, this thing here is garsh darn hot!
    — Well make it bigger. Or add a piece a tube or somethin’ to it, ya’ idjut! Sheesh, if you tweren’t my brother/cousin/uncle, I’d fire you, guy!

    It’s just a hunch, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes.

  2. I like it. Apple already is a boutique computer. Why not add diamonds to the mix. Perfect for these tough economic times. <cynical smile.> But really, Apple innovated out of their personal recession, They will innovate through this global one as well.

  3. Industrial diamonds (i.e., not the pretty type that involve artistry in cutting) are not expensive. In fact, diamonds are as common as dirt, they are artificially inflated by market forces – particularly those used in jewelry.

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