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. 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 too hot to carry in your hands.
More control and more value.
The ATCS very accurately controls the temperature of the PC while allowing considerable performance at any temperature setting.
This is why a brief 2-5 second touch is completely safe with the PC running to the limits of its highest ATCS setting.
And at the lowest ATCS setting it is always cool enough to carry around in your hands.
We chose highest, default and lowest settings based on likely consumer objectives...
At the highest setting we aim to maximize performance without negatively impacting the lifespan of the electronics, and so we set the internal sustained temperature limit to 70 degrees Celsius.
Whereas at the lowest setting we do not want the case to feel too hot to carry around bare, so we peg the limit to the case temperature instead of the internal temperatures, and give it a maximum of 40 degrees.
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.
And use of a good thermal accessory causes the ATCS to allow high levels of performance ongoing.
All this and everything inbetween is completely automatic and worry free.
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 there is a possibility that some performance loss is taking place in order to maintain the preset temperature limits, and that a better thermal accessory will allow more performance. This setting pegs to the case temperature and internal temperature both (50 degrees and 70 degrees respectively).
Each setting begins to slow down the electronics 5 degrees before hitting a temperature maximum. It then fine tunes these decisions every 15 seconds, resulting in an extremely stable case temperature regardless of conditions and uses.
What this adds up to is something that anyone can manage without help, while seamlessly combining the best of desktop and mobile computing.
Temperatures of interest: The fanless case will start to feel warm at around 30 degrees Celsius. Then at around 45 degrees it might feel like it can burn the fingers. Fingers can actually get burnt at around 52 degrees if you hold them there for a full minute or two. Most electronics begin to wear faster at a sustained 70-80 degrees, and are safe for awhile to 85 degrees. Newer SSD's, RAM, motherboards and operating systems often throttle around 80-90 degrees. Intel's Core CPU's are rated for 100, and aggressively throttle at 100 to prevent the temperature from ever reaching 105.
The ATCS ensures that hardware and firmware throttling is never necessary, by throttling at the much lower people-centric levels instead (see highest, lowest and default settings above).