GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced that it had signed an agreement with SprayCool (formerly Isothermal Systems Research) of Liberty Lake, Washington. The agreement enables GE Fanuc to act as a supplier of fully integrated subsystems that include GE Fanuc’s COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) embedded computing solutions within a SprayCool chassis.
SprayCool’s direct-spray liquid cooling technology can be applied to COTS board level assemblies. It is already field proven in ground vehicle applications such as the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), air applications such as U-2 and has been selected for us on UAV platforms such as Predator, Warrior and Global Hawk.
“As embedded computing systems in military and aerospace applications become increasingly powerful, the amount of heat they dissipate also increases – creating a real challenge to cool them sufficiently to ensure reliable operation,” said Peter Cavill, general Manager, Military & Aerospace Business at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “This agreement allows us to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the SprayCool chassis and extend our product offering to serve the needs of customers requiring very high performance subsystem solutions from a single source.”
The SprayCool chassis technology provides GE Fanuc with distinct advantages:
- Uses a patented phase change spray cooling technique supporting up to 500 watts per card slot and targets large, high power, configurations as typically found in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), SIGINT (signals intelligence), C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence) and similar applications.
- Decouples internal board level components from the harsh external environment normally found in military and aerospace applications, allowing the use of rugged “conduction cooled” and less rugged “air cooled” boards.
- By supporting high power dissipation levels, allows multiple subsystems to be integrated into the same chassis, saving both space and weight.
“We are very excited about working with GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.” said Matt Gerber, CEO and President of SprayCool. “By taking advantage of SprayCool’s platform capabilities GE Fanuc will be able to offer its customers a whole new class of embedded computing system solutions,” he added.
SprayCool’s patented 2-phase liquid cooling technology uses a fine mist of non-corrosive, non-conductive liquid, sprayed in a thin layer, which evaporates and cools electronics. The process continuously cycles within a sealed, closed loop system. In doing so, SprayCool products isolate the electronics from dirty, corrosive environments found in military and industrial applications resulting in cooler, higher performance, and more durable electronic devices.
SprayCool (also known as Isothermal Systems Research) is a global leader in the development of next-generation electronics thermal management and environmental isolation enclosure products for DOD and industrial applications, using its patented two-phase cooling technology. The technology provides an efficiently controlled and isolated environment for a broad mix of electronics in a package that is significantly smaller, lighter, and more power and cost efficient, and faster to deploy by the integrator. SprayCool solutions are sourced by a variety of today’s leading prime and system integrators to support some of the most demanding application environments. Founded in 1988, SprayCool is a privately held corporation headquartered in Liberty Lake, WA.
About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms provides a unique foundation of agile, advanced and ultra-reliable technology that customers can trust to ensure their long-term success.