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Comment: Single Components Can't Die (Score 2) 66 66

I saw this integration trend coming a while back. I used to tell my buddies, "Some day, we'll just have a motherboard with one huge socket. And we'll be using CPU's this big." as I held my hands up to approximate a waffle-sized square. They would chuckle at me.

I see this for the masses. However, I can't see any power user liking this. Take gamers, for example. Aren't most high-end sound and 3D chipsets designed by smaller independent companies? I don't think Intel could put out a high-quality graphics capable board.

Wouldn't this leave a small niche for traditional motherboards and componnets? We might pay a slightly higher price, but they would still be around. Wouldn't they?

(Please tell me they would be!)

Can you imagine a world where everything's on the CPU? "Whoops! That SCSI controller died. Better go buy a new CPU for that server..." That would just suck!

Unless all expandability moved outside the case. Maybe a really (really really really) high-speed external bus standard will come about. So you will then start seeing external 3D graphics adapters and SCSI adpaters.

Hmmm.....

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"

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