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When will PC chips be completely integrated?

Poll Results: When will PC components be integrated into a single chip?

 
  • 9% (2)
    It has already being done.
  • 9% (2)
    Soon, within 5 years.
  • 40% (9)
    10 years at least. Maybe 20
  • 13% (3)
    20-50 years.
  • 0% (0)
    I think it will be done, but not anytime soon At least 50 years.
  • 27% (6)
    Never.
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post #1 of 15
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I know this is done on less complex things like calculators and watches, but when will we see the integration of all of the functions of a PC into a single chip? By all functions I mean everything that makes the computer function: The CPU, Memory, GPU and associated memory, North&South Bridges, Sound processor, etc., etc, - Everything that makes a computer tick. I am not including in this all of the different power supplies and other things that support the functions of the computer that are now included on a motherboard. Eventually I think all of the components of a PC will be shrunk down and included in a single chip. But I think this will occur in two steps, the first step will be to have all of the computer functions on one chip which will plug into/solder into a motherboard.

There are several reasons why I think this is inevitable, although it does not mean that having multiple chip PC's will instantly or ever stop being made.

amd_barcelona_die_shot_medium.jpg

When will a single die shot include everything that makes a computer work?What do you see as the obstacles that must be overcome to fully integrate all IC's in a PC into one single chip?
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One mistake with those kind of products, and you can kiss everything goodbye. I'd rather everything remain in their little corners and separate places please, for ease of customization and solving of technical issues which I tend to create.
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Originally Posted by Draton;14646859 
One mistake with those kind of products, and you can kiss everything goodbye. I'd rather everything remain in their little corners and separate places please, for ease of customization and solving of technical issues which I tend to create.

That's where software comes in.


What if you could download graphics cards?
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Originally Posted by redsunx;14646877 
That's where software comes in.


What if you could download graphics cards?

or something even better what if you can download the whole chip basically if you want a better version of it you pay and activates without having to change it physically tongue.gif
    
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That is insanity. As in not possible to my understanding of this. You could not and cannot download graphics cards.
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Originally Posted by Draton;14646941 
That is insanity. As in not possible to my understanding of this. You could not and cannot download graphics cards.

you speak lies my friend! this shall be possible....we HAVE...will SOON have the technology wink.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Draton;14646941 
That is insanity. As in not possible to my understanding of this. You could not and cannot download graphics cards.

What he means is getting the full chip and then buying unlocks (similar to how you can unlock a 6950 into a 6970).
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Originally Posted by Draton;14646859 
One mistake with those kind of products, and you can kiss everything goodbye. I'd rather everything remain in their little corners and separate places please, for ease of customization and solving of technical issues which I tend to create.

This^^

I would rather have separate chips.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Erick;14647013 
This^^

I would rather have separate chips.

But what if it was way cheaper for one chip?
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by redsunx;14647028 
But what if it was way cheaper for one chip?


The price of producing a product of that microscopic detail will completely throw marketing of such a product out of the question. It would be very, very expensive compared to today's systems which utilize separated components and parts.
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