Thermal Challenges and Trends in IT Equipment and Design

At Future Facilities, we are committed to delivering the most accurate, user-centric thermal simulation tools for the electronics cooling market. In this report, we brought together nine thermal experts from leading brands—including Facebook, HP Enterprise, QuantaCool and CommScope—to discuss the emerging challenges facing the electronics industry.




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Given how the electronics industry is changing, we now have to start modeling simulations at least three or four years in advance.

Saket Karaiqikar


The IoT demands robust devices that operate in harsh environments. This will drive thermal designs that have to operate under very high humidity, mixed temperature cycling, all of which will cause reliability issues. To achieve this, game-changing developments will be needed across the thermal industry.

Dr. Baghat Sammakia

Univeristy of Binghamton



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Artificial Intelligence

This report addresses how Artificial Intelligence will shape a variety of future industry trends, from chip design to software. Our expert panel noted major changes at play that today’s engineers should keep in mind with respect to data and thermal compliance.

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Changing Nature of Electronics

Over the last decade, changing industry expectations have driven unprecedented developments in electronics and IT equipment. Our expert panel tackled difficult questions, most notably: How will new technologies and working practices impact electronics design?

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Edge Computing

As the growth of the IoT and IoT devices gathers pace, edge computing will become critical to information management and the wider infrastructure of the new, interconnected world. How will edge computing disrupt the data center landscape? What new thermal considerations does edge computing bring to the design process?

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The Internet of Things

Providing much of the data needed to inform AI, the internet of things (IoT) will bring its own unique set of thermal challenges. Our expert panel addressed the changing thermal demands that will have the greatest impact on today’s engineers, as well as the techniques they’ll likely need to employ to undertake the challenges that come with IoT electronics design.