Micromachined jets for liquid impingement cooling of VLSI chips

Evelyn N. Wang, Lian Zhang, Linan Jiang, Jae Mo Koo, James G. Maveety, Eduardo A. Sanchez, Kenneth E. Goodson, Thomas W. Kenny

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Two-phase microjet impingement cooling is a potential solution for removing heat from high-power VLSI chips. Arrays of microjets promise to achieve more uniform chip temperatures and very high heat transfer coefficients. This paper presents the design and fabrication of single-jets and multijet arrays with circular orifice diameters ranging from 40 to 76 μm, as well as integrated heater and temperature sensor test devices. The performance of the microjet heat sinks is studied using the integrated heater device as well as an industry standard 1 cm2 thermal test chip. For single-phase, the silicon temperature distribution data are consistent with a model accounting for silicon conduction and fluid advection using convection coefficients in the range from 0.072 to 4.4 W/cm2 K. For two-phase, the experimental results show a heat removal of up to 90 W on a 1 cm 2 heated area using a four-jet array with 76 μm diameter orifices at a flowrate of 8 ml/min with a temperature rise of 100 °C. The data indicate convection coefficients are not significantly different from coefficients for pool boiling, which motivates future work on optimizing flowrates and flow regimes. These microjet heat sinks are intended for eventual integration into a closed-loop electroosmotically pumped cooling system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-842
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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