06278607 is referenced by 26 patents and cites 3 patents.

A variable area heat sink has a first heat sink area and a second heat sink area. A bridge is connected to the first heat sink area and includes a bi-metallic portion operable to connect and disconnect with the second heat sink area in response to a temperature change in the bridge which is sufficient to distort the bi-metallic portion from a first shape to a second shape. The first heat sink area may be installed in a computer chassis adjacent a first heat producing component. The second heat sink area may be installed in the chassis adjacent a second heat producing component. The combination of heat sink areas may be enlarged or reduced in size due to the coupling or uncoupling.

Title
Smart bi-metallic heat spreader
Application Number
9/129930
Publication Number
6278607 (B1)
Application Date
August 6, 1998
Publication Date
August 21, 2001
Inventor
David Moss
Austin
TX, US
Andrew Moore
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Haynes and Boone L
US
Assignee
Dell USA
TX, US
IPC
G06F 1/16
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