Radstone Embedded Computing And Parker Hannifin Strategic Alliance Delivers First Product
HRU-1000 liquid cooling efficiently, cost-effectively dissipates heat from high power chassis Continuing to broaden the scope of the COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) solutions offered to its customers, and further extending its existing range of liquid-cooled ATR designs, Radstone Embedded Computing today announced at the Bus & Board Show the first product to result from the company’s strategic alliance with the Aerospace Group of Parker Hannifin, announced on 7th December 2004. The HRU-1000 Heat Rejection Unit is specifically designed to support a liquid cooling infrastructure, and to address the growing requirement to efficiently and cost-effectively dissipate heat from increasingly powerful embedded rugged systems. It combines a pump, heat exchanger and associated control systems in a single enclosure capable of dissipating 1 kWatt and enabling the deployment of a complete, self-contained liquid cooled subsystem that includes an ATR enclosure and heat rejection unit. Both Radstone Embedded Computing and Parker Aerospace deliver solutions to international aerospace, defense and government customers. Radstone is the world’s leading independent supplier of rugged COTS, high-performance, embedded computer products. Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. “Our customers very much want to develop high performance solutions based on the powerful processors, graphics boards and communications interfaces that Radstone offers – but to do that, they need to be able to manage the heat that those powerful systems generate,” said Colin Davies, Product Manager Systems at Radstone Embedded Computing. “As a result of our partnership with Parker, we’re now able to announce the HRU-1000 which is specifically designed to respond to those customer needs. Not only is it highly effective at removing heat from a chassis, but also it is compact, light weight, quiet, flexible, highly reliable and easy to use and maintain. We believe that our customers will respond very positively to it, especially those whose solutions do not currently have a liquid cooling infrastructure” The HRU-1000 is packaged in a ½ ATRS enclosure and is capable of either free standing installation or ARINC mounting. It is able to dissipate 1 kWatt of heat, and meets MIL-STD-810 requirements. Internally, a digital system controller monitors performance, manages pump and fan speed, and allows the user ‘set and forget’ automatic operation. The controller also enables the HRU-1000 to run at minimum speed, with minimum noise, until the thermal load requires more than minimum operation. Flexible hoses enable the HRU-1000 to be located remotely from the ATR chassis and, in combination, they can use Polyalphaolefin (PAO) and water/glycol coolants. “The HRU-1000 offers considerable benefits to customers in a broad range of applications where advanced heat dissipation is required,” said Jeff O'Reilly, Business Development Manager, Parker Advanced Cooling Systems. “It is uniquely compact and modular, and thus highly flexible, making it suitable for a variety of platforms. Its rugged robustness is also a key attribute, and ease of use features – such as ‘no leak’ liquid quick disconnects and a visual indication of operating hours and system health – mean that it can be easily installed and operated. Most importantly, it allows customers to extract the best possible performance from their systems.” The HRU-1000 will be available from Radstone in March 2005.