[citation][nom]caedenv[/nom]The next 10 years will be interesting to say the least. In the '80s to mid '90s we saw computers go from useless to useful (which IBM won), then the mid '90s and '00s we saw the GHz race trying to get the most clock without burning up a CPU (which AMD won), now we are seeing the die shrink race trying to minimize the electrical movement and current used (which Intel is winning). Within 10 years I think next we will see the use of new materials and better layout designs (more SOC style design where the NB/SB/GPU/wifi are all part of the CPU, and the mobo will merely have a CPU and 'feature chip'/BIOS/UEFI), followed by stacked design and aggressive instruction set changes to remove the traditional uses of the NB and SB. After that I think we will see things move away from binary (on to trinary or even base 8 as a form of data compression), and really exotic design like those light based chips we hear about from time to time. All we know for sure is that the future will be pretty damn cool and I will eagerly await my terahertz computer that runs on 20W[/citation]
i would love to believe that for a desktop SoC will never take off... we are getting to a point of deminishing returns from the gpu side and to some extent from the cpu side too (unless we see a massive leap forward, consumer level computer use cant tell the difference between a probably a bulldozer or a 6 core sandybridge.) i like the idea that if i ever need more of something, i can get it... like if i need more ram, i could buy more, want better gpu, i got it, need to upgrade to new wifi standard, easy.
[citation][nom]rosen380[/nom]"You could probably download a 1 "GB" file in 1 second on dial up, using 8 base. Delicious."Three base-2 bits can represent eight states, just like one base-8 bit. Assuming that the computer can process a base-8 bit as fast as a base-2 bit, then I'd think we're talking about a 3x improvement in performance, not a ~20000x improvement that you are suggesting with your example. Since I'm pretty sure the cpu will need more time to process one base-8 bit than one base-2 bit, I doubt that 3x increase would ever be seen...[/citation]
my understanding isnt quite good on this, but from what i undersand base 2 is a 1 or a 0, and base 8 is 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 and 7.
now lets assume 1 line
base 2 has 2
while base 8 has 8
lets assume a second line...
base 2 now has 4
base 8 now has 64
lets now assume 10
base 2 has 1024
base 8 has 1073741824
base 2, to hold the same amount of information, would need 30 lines,
from what i'm gathering, for every one line of base 8, base 2 would need 3 lines to come up with the same information, if the data can be processed the same way, and just as fast, it would make crap go 3 times faster.
again the concept may just be going way over my head though.