Microsoft patents thermal dock for mobile computing device

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Microsoft has applied for yet another interesting patent. The
latest patent is for a mobile computing device (phones, tablets
and laptop) with focus on the thermal dock that would cool a
computing device.

First spotted by us, the patent titled “THERMAL DOCK FOR A
MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE” was published on August 23 by
USPTO and it was filed by Microsoft on February 20, 2018.

The patent explains a thermal dock that could be connected to a
mobile computing device to cool it. For example, a user would
be to connect a device to a dock and address the thermal
issues.

“As devices get smaller (e.g., thinner), thermal management
becomes more of an issue. Depending on the thickness of the
device, there may not be sufficient room within the device for
active thermal management components such as, for example,
fans. Also, as mobile devices (e.g., phones and tablets)
replace larger laptop and desktop computers, the
microprocessors may sometimes be tasked with running a full
desktop environment and may thus generate more heat. The mobile
device may be positioned on a thermal dock to remove enough
heat from the mobile device so that the mobile device may run
the full desktop environment,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft patent for thermal dock

The patented tech is explained below:

“Thermal management systems and corresponding use methods are
described herein. A thermal management system includes a
thermal dock operable to cool a computing device in physical
contact with the thermal dock. The thermal dock includes a
housing, a first thermal management device supported by the
housing, and a second thermal management device physically
connected to the first thermal management device. The first
thermal management device is a different type of thermal
management device than the second thermal management device.”



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