Is the desk­top at risk?

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If in­di­ca­tions are right, this may just be the end of the typ­i­cal desk­top. There are changes in the off­ing in the way In­tel con­nects its pro­ces­sors to the cir­cuit board. Once this hap­pens, the desk­top PC may emerge as be­ing quite dif­fer­ent than how it is known to­day.

In a typ­i­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion, the desk­top pro­ces­sor is at­tached to the PC’s main cir­cuit board ( also called mother­board) through a socket. In­tel pro­ces­sors com­pat­i­ble with that socket are then in­serted.

This set­ting may just dis­ap­pear in the fu­ture.

Mo­bile pro­ces­sors, on the other hand, are sol­dered di­rectly to the cir­cuit board. Sol­der­ing the pro­ces­sor has de­sign ad­van­tages in the space- sen­si­tive mo­bile world where ev­ery mil­lime­ter counts.

But it’s an anath­ema to the desk­top crowd: sol­der­ing pro­ces­sors to a desk­top board would kill the en­thu­si­ast mar­ket, where DIY gamers, for in­stance, like to se­lect from a range of pro­ces­sors to suit their needs.

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