Computers are no longer the only applications for hard drives.
As the world's largest hard drive manufacturer, Seagate Technology
is utilizing the benefits of CFD analysis to integrate hard drives
into the latest consumer electronics designs.
Many of the new satellite receiver units, or set top boxes, are
using hard drives to provide features such as live TV pause and
personal video recording. For Seagate's Mechanical Integration and
Qualification group, the two main problems with integrating hard
drives into these systems are the reliability and noise level. Coolit
helps provide solutions to both problems. By improving the thermal
performance of a set top box, the reliability of drive and other
components is improved. In addition, the system acoustics is improved
by reducing or even eliminating the use of cooling fans.
Seagate uses Coolit to provide valuable feedback to consumer electronics
customers. In many cases, analysis is done on designs prior to any
prototype builds. Feedback is given to the customer on expected
drive temperatures and design changes are suggested that increase
thermal performance. This approach provides optimal thermal designs,
reduced cost and time to market, and increased overall system performance
Coolit has proven its effectiveness and accuracy with many design
validations. It has allowed Seagate to furnish customers with high
quality hard drives, as well as top of the line hard drive integration