Advancements in transportation technology require continued innovations in thermal management solutions. For example, autonomous systems or industrial x-ray inspection systems, provide numerous benefits, however at increased temperatures that devices and systems must endure. Active cooling mechanisms featuring the use of high temperature thermoelectric coolers like the HiTemp ET Series, provide the thermal management solutions needed to operate each system within an acceptable temperature range and optimize their performance.
Advancements such as automotive infotainment and navigation systems have significantly increased the amount of information available to drivers in Heads-up displays (HUDs). Presenting this much information requires a larger capacity Heads-up display system, requiring more power and generating more heat. Keeping the HUD temperature below the maximum operating temperature presents a need for active cooling.
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Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology is being applied in automotive applications such as Head-up-Displays and in Smart Headlights to provide brighter, more focused light in front of the vehicle. DLP systems operate in high-heat environments and require an active thermal solution to protect the sensitive electronics and ensure long-life performance.
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Providing a 360-degree view for driver safety, new vehicles use an average of 12 imaging sensors for back-up cameras, adaptive speed control, side collision warnings and more. Typically, these imaging sensors are designed for room temperature environments, but in automotive situations, the operating temperature can reach up to 85°C both from the engine or surrounding electronics. The image resolution from these sensors degrades rapidly once the temperature goes above 50°C. Given that passive cooling cannot go below ambient, a method of active cooling is required.
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Used to scan trucks, vans and other vehicles to ensure safety and security, X-ray inspection systems generate several kilowatts of heat during operation and require cooling of the X-ray tube anode for optimized performance and longer operation life. Liquid cooling systems offer higher efficiencies than air‐based heat transfer mechanisms, which translates into higher reliability, reduced field maintenance, greater system uptime and lower total cost of ownership.