December release is for dev kit orders from the kickstarter.
If they're going to make 3 Tolkien films, New Line/Jackson's hands are pretty much tied to events in and those surrounding The Hobbit.
What do you think thermal pads, thermal compound, and cooling plates are for?
Paste/pads is to improve surface area contact as surface irregularities in hard metal surfaces introduce air gaps, while thermal interface materials are pliable enough to fill those gaps. In other words, paste is better than air and should really only be having to wet the surfaces and not prevent direct contact where it's possible.
I stand by my point - introducing an extra layer is actually acting as an insulator as the heat is having to transfer through an extra medium and extra imperfect contact points that it otherwise would not have had to. If adding a layer like this improved heat transfer, then adding a dozen or a hundred more should improve it even better (which obviously it does not, because that would be absurd.) To think of it another way, the best possible contact point between two metal surfaces would be to have them be a single piece of metal, which is effectively what you already have without additional shims.
If the shim is actually improving cooling performance somehow it would be due to another reason, such as by introducing additional tension on the retention mechanism of the heatsink, resulting in more force being applied to the CPU.
If introducing a shim or any sort of additional contact layer actually improved heat transfer, then why not sandwich 5 more shims?
I guess basically where I'm coming from is asking myself the question: what is needed in order for a display using this 3D technology to replace the present 3D HDTV implementation while keeping at least a 1080p @ 60hz field per eyeball? What would be needed from Hollywood to produce content that supports this? Would they even be interested in this, considering they can't use this for theater ticket sales, and when they already cheap out by doing quasi-3D post-conversions? For video games? Would each frame have to be completely rendered hundreds of times in order to accurately populate all the potential POVs? Due to the massive amounts of processing overhead, would a game system be likely to support such a technology without a substantial install base? Would that substantial processing be better spent on other features?
This technology just seems to be a lot more substantial than a simple new 3D format. It seems more akin to the jump between SD and HDTV, and would have all the same hiccups and delays. I'll be old and gray by then, and no doubt one of my eyes probably won't work well enough to enjoy it anyways.
Oh well, having some dead bodies on the Mars surface might be interesting in and of itself to see how well they stay preserved. They could be a museum piece for future Earthling immigrants a thousand years from now.