Data center solutions vendor Schneider Electric is teaming up with Avnet and Iceotope to jointly develop innovative, chassis-level immersive liquid cooling solutions for data centers. The partnership was announced at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit, held last week in Barcelona.
“Compute intensive applications like AI and IoT are driving the need for better chip performance. Our quantitative analysis and testing of liquid cooling approaches shows significant benefits to the market,” said Kevin Brown, CTO and SVP of Innovation, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. “This partnership is the next step in solution development and we are excited to be working with Avnet and Iceotope.”
This newly announced partnership brings together three global technology innovation leaders:
- Avnet – for technology integration service
- Iceotope – for chassis-level immersion cooling technologies
- Schneider Electric – for data center infrastructure solutions
Schneider Electric has collaborated with Iceotope since 2014 on the research and development of new liquid cooling technology. Iceotope received $10 million in series A funding led by Aster Capital in 2014. This deal also established the partnership between Schneider Electric and Iceotope.
“Iceotope is delighted to work with Schneider Electric and Avnet on a solution that delivers on the promise of liquid cooling,” said David Craig, CEO of Iceotope. “Our ability to bring our IP to combined solutions that manage the pressing challenges of chip density, energy and water consumption, space and location challenges and the ever more complex issues relating to harsh environment and climate will be game changing in the industry.”
Liquid cooling would offer the following benefits:
- Efficiency – No need for air conditioning, delivers same processing power with less energy
- Silence – No industrial drone from fans and pumps
- Resilience – All components are in a sealed module that resists dust and smoke
- Compactness – Smaller, more flexible footprint
These benefits mean that liquid cooling might be the preferred technology for applications other than just extreme power densities. The following blog describes five reasons to consider adopting liquid cooling as opposed to traditional air-cooled architectures. This blog about liquid cooling can be found here.