Feel like I’m flogging a dead horse at this point but I feel like we should give modularity another look, especially where it comes to GPU
I’ve been thinking about this for the past two weeks, I’ve only now had time to post this so sorry for the delay.
The earlier modular concept was too complex I agree.
The new design is very simple, Middleweight TB3 + GPU housing module. That’s it, just one extra module. But it gives Eve two large markets (middleweight & heavyweight) instead of just one. Making it easier to hit the 10,000 units Intel requires for support.
Plus the design can still accommodate a pc module in place of the dock at a (much) later date.
Also the connection method is extremely simple, just a PCI-e bridge.
- Plastic housing (could be lined with Alcantara)
- QI wireless charging
- user accessible 2.5" drive bay NOT m.2 (m.2 uses too much bandwidth)
- 2x TB3 ports
- 2x display out
- reasonable mix of USB-a & USB-c
- gigabit Ethernet
- audio jacks
- full size SD card (adapter in box)
- power (inbuilt power supply)
- metal housing same finish as the V
- GPU upto 220mm long (only mini GPU’s)(this can be changed to full size, its just my preference)
- GPU dedicated power supply
- PCI-e bridge
The design is based on the gigabyte aorus gaming box (its so small that it comes with a carrying case)
The only real issue is to confirm whether the tb3 dock can electronical deactivate the video out ports when a pcie-device is connected. I’m sure this is straightforward but that’s the only (rather minor) concern.
Also obviously there will be some (small) cost added to the complexity of the housing because of the modularity, again this is relatively small.
Dock $250 -$300
GPU module $50-100
This is based on current Intel royalties but these are being dropped in 2018 so the dock could be much cheaper, the GPU module price will be the same however.
I am extremely confident something like this can be done relatively easily and confident in a market for such a device. Also there is long term scope in the form of a pc module (similar to an Intel skull canyon nuc). Even though it isn’t as straightforward as a simple dock, I think because of its uniqueness both Intel and emdoor will be happy to help make it a reality.
Sorry for the roughness of the pictures.