Originally Posted by Maian
Wasn't practically everything that technology has done so far branded "impossible" at one time or another? Yes, it may be impossible at this very second, but it's naive to say this won't ever happen. On the other side, it's also naive to think this will be out in the next couple of years.
Your third point and last line contradict each other in a way. This idea as it is doesn't follow standardized form factors, but you mention technology changes. If/when this idea gets researched and developed by engineers more fully, who's to say that they don't develop a standard form factor for this?
No, it will not happen. Again, it's not a technological limitation.... it is a design, support, and physical limitations.
Do you know how hard it is to develop form factors and have every company agree? ...REALLY REALLY hard unless their is some major advocate and a clear reason. It is almost hard as developing standard communication protocols. Then you have to develop the APIs.
Example, we have two NAND standards today.... toggle and ONFi. The different companies back each standard. So your controller has to support both standard. Now what happens when there's a die shrink? You need an update controller. What happens when there's a standard revision? You need an update controller. Now multiple the work of this by a dozen since there is so much inter-connectivity within a system. Now what happens when there's a single specification change that creates a transient issue. Good luck managing that.
Smartphones are things you just stick together and it works. I mean why do you think there's a job called "PCB engineer". You have to lay down traces to optimize performance and not cause interference. A single chip change could affect other components inadvertently.
Originally Posted by assaulth3ro911
That was my idea for computers... Too bad I never actually put it into motion.
I would totally buy this though, as long as the OS is well supported.
For computers where space is not at a premium, modular design works.
For system where space is a premium, modular design is not well-suited.
i.e. Look at ultra-books... DRAM is more and more often being soldered to the motherboard to reduce 1-1.5mm z-depth.Edited by DuckieHo - 9/11/13 at 7:29am