The Big Chiller

Al Quick's deep-freeze chips run PCs nearly as fast as a supercomputer's--and far cheaper

You might say CEO Al Quick understands the importance of keeping cool. In 1996, the early retiree from NCR was chilling out on his yacht when five former colleagues lured him into a project to develop the "world's fastest" personal computer. The plan: a patented refrigeration process that keeps a microprocessing chip cooled to subzero temperatures (-40C). That makes it run 35%-to-40% faster than chips in a conventional air-cooled PC.

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