Automated Temperature Control System
With our Automated Temperature Control System the Unified-PC seamlessly combines two otherwise very different worlds: Desktop PC and Mobile PC. This is why we can make use of a full watt modern desktop Intel Core CPU, yet tame it to act like a mobile CPU when/where needed. The ATCS immediately adapts to any environment. And there are no invalid settings. At the highest setting it allows the most performance without hurting the electronics. And at the lowest setting it allows the most performance without the PC case getting uncomfortably too warm to carry around bare.
More control and more value.
The ATCS very accurately controls the temperature of the PC.
This is why a brief 2-5 second touch is completely safe with the PC running to the limits of its highest ATCS setting.
We chose high, default and low settings based on likely consumer objectives...
At the high setting we aim to maximize sustainable performance without negatively impacting the lifespan of the electronics, by capping internal temperatures at 70C.
Whereas at the low setting we aim to maximize portability with a far quicker cool down period, by capping internal temperatures at 60C.
A default setting was determined by what we call the Intuitive Thermal Line. This is a line where you can tell by touch whether or not your thermal accessory is sufficiently lowering the temperature to not affect performance. Simply place your hand on the PC to see if you can hold it there for more than 5 seconds. If you can then you can be assured that running at its current performance level there is no need for a (better) thermal accessory. And if you can't keep it there for more than 5 seconds, then it is likely that the ATCS has trimmed performance in order to maintain the preset temperature limits, and that a better thermal accessory will allow more performance.
Use of no thermal accessory is perfectly fine because the ATCS keeps temperatures below your preset maximums regardless. And the Unified-PC will still be very fast for most things.
However, use of a thermal accessory causes the ATCS to automatically allow more performance. The better the thermal accessory the more sustainable performance possible. And you can always point an external fan at the PC to immediately gain that extra performance.
The ATCS begins to slow down the electronics 7 degrees before hitting its preset temperature cap. It makes a new decision every few seconds, resulting in an extremely stable case temperature regardless of conditions and uses.
What this adds up to is something that anyone can easily manage without help.
Temperatures of interest: The fanless case will start to feel warm at around 40 Celsius (hot tub temperature). Then at around 45C it might feel like it can burn the fingers. Fingers can actually get burnt at around 52C if you hold them there for a full minute or two. Most quality PC electronics begin to wear faster at a sustained 70-80C, and are safe for awhile to 85C. Newer SSD's, RAM, motherboards and operating systems can throttle at around 80-90C. Intel's Core CPU's are rated for 100C, and aggressively throttle at 100C to prevent the temperature from ever reaching 105C. The PC is safe to touch for 2-5 seconds all the way up to about 70C.
The ATCS ensures that hardware and firmware throttling is never necessary, by capping the temperature at the much lower people-centric levels instead (see high, low and default settings above).