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Feeling under pressure to provide a printed circuit board that works 24-7? Worried that a dead component will lead to the demise of your system? Fear not!
The drive towards 'continually available' systems puts considerable pressure on designers of electronic systems. As the demand for output has risen, size has inevitably shrunk, causing a higher thermal density. Heat is a direct contributor to component and system failure.
System designers can use thermal evaluation software or combined hardware/software modelling techniques to minimise the effects of heat. The mechanical designer can also take advantage of fan technology to reduce the temperature inside …