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1. (WO2016195930) MICRO-HOLE PERFORATED STRUCTURE

Pub. No.:    WO/2016/195930    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/031694
Publication Date: Fri Dec 09 00:59:59 CET 2016 International Filing Date: Thu May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: H05K 1/02
G06F 1/20
H05K 5/02
Applicants: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
Inventors: DALY, Gregory M.
AAGAARD, Karsten
MUZZEY, Brett A.
Title: MICRO-HOLE PERFORATED STRUCTURE
Abstract:
Micro-hole structures are described herein that may be implemented for device ventilation, protection, and design. The micro-hole structures include multiple micro-holes that are imperceptible to users at ordinary viewing angles and distances, and are thus porous structures that appear to be solid. A micro-hole structure may be formed as a housing of a device or as a structure to be attached to the housing of the device. A device with a micro-hole structure housing enables thermal ventilation from heat-producing components located within the housing. Additionally, micro-holes of a micro-hole structure may be organized to operate as a design element for the device while simultaneously providing ventilation. The micro-holes are sufficiently small to allow for passage of air through the micro-hole structure while also prohibiting entrance of water and/or other contaminants into the housing of the device.