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Intel® Core™2 Duo and Pentium® Processor Thermal Design Guide

Intel® Core™2 Duo and Pentium® Processor Thermal Design Guide

Document Goals and Scope
Importance of Thermal Management
The objective of thermal management is to ensure that the temperatures of all components in a system are maintained within their functional temperature range. Within this range, a component is expected to meet its specified performance level. Operation outside the functional temperature range can degrade system performance, cause logic errors or cause component and/or system damage. Temperatures exceeding the maximum operating limit of a component may result in irreversible changes in the operating characteristics of this component.

In a system environment, the processor temperature is a function of both system and component thermal characteristics. The system level thermal constraints consist of the local ambient air temperature and airflow over the processor as well as the physical constraints at and above the processor. The processor temperature depends on the component power dissipation, the processor package thermal characteristics, and the processor thermal solution.

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