What are Immersion Blades?

Immersion blades are boards with ASIC chips that have been created with the objective of a plug-and-play experience, and to make infrastructure (such as power supplies) reusable. Immersion blades do not have unnecessary parts, such as heatsinks and fans, or any other mechanical structure (no cases, cables, connectors, water cooler sockets, etc).

The standardized form factor of immersion blades guarantees optimum density, future compatibility and rapid deployment capability. An immersion blade looks like a larger memory DIMM, consisting of a PCB, “gold fingers” and chips. Different type of hardware can be combined (ie. Scrypt or SHA-256 blades) next to each other.

The minimalistic design reduces hardware to chips on boards will ensure that hardware can be assembled quick, manufacturers don’t need to spend time with case or thermal design, part sourcing, mechanical assembly and logistics. Mining clusters come online fast.

Immersion cooling removes thermal constraints, and with efficient and inexpensive 12V and 5V available in the tanks (48VDC and others available on demand), designers do not need to spend time on power considerations. Immersion cooling also allows overclocking of existing hardware, which would otherwise be constrained by thermal limits.

DataTank Design Guidelines (PDF).
DataTank Information Folder (Google Drive)

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