(IBM) A customer who can be relied upon to buy, without fail, the latest version of an existing product (not quite the same as a member of the lunatic fringe). A 1993 example of a heatseeker is someone who, owning a 286 PC and Windows 3.0, goes out and buys Windows 3.1 (which offers no worthwhile benefits unless you have a 386). If all customers were heatseekers, vast amounts of money could be made by just fixing the bugs in each release (n) and selling it to them as release (n+1).
adjective of a missile, able to detect and target infrared radiation, e.g. the hot engine of an aircraft
noun, Aerospace. 1. a coating or structure that surrounds part of the nose cone or other vulnerable surfaces of a spacecraft and, by heat absorption or ablation, protects them from excessive heating during reentry. noun 1. a coating or barrier for shielding from excessive heat, such as that experienced by a spacecraft on re-entry into […]
adjective 1. (of a detecting device) able to detect sources of infrared radiation: a heat-seeking camera 2. (of a missile) able to detect and follow a source of heat, as from an aircraft engine: a heat-seeking missile
- Heat slug
hardware, processor A metal plate that helps dissipate heat away from the silicon core of a processor to the packaging or heat-sink. (2000-08-26)