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Ravi's Rave » Blog Archive » Designing PCs the Ndiyo way: Build port replicator into the screen/display device.

Designing PCs the Ndiyo way: Build port replicator into the screen/display device.

Designing PCs the Ndiyo way: Build port replicator into the screen/display device.

After looking at the thin client concept from Ndiya(meaning ‘yes’ in swahali), which is basically Network In Video Out (NiVo) technology, it occured to me than even desktop PCs could be designed this way, and make life much simplier for administrators and users alike. So what we would have, in place of so many ports (Display, Sound, USB, Keyboard, Mice) at the rare of the PC, is just have one Ethernet Cable which connects to the PC; and the rest of the ports would be replicated back at the Monitor for easy accesss. Keyboards would be plugged into the Display, so would speakers and mice, even network ports could be replicated back on the Display which is more easily accessable. But it terms of an engineering perspective, how feasible is this? Lets look at the issues:

Motherboard Design
Since motherboards are already designed to have all these ports (and the electronics behind it) totaly integrated, cost would definitely go higher should it be redesinged so that these bits travel accross and ethernet jack, hence more electornics would be needed.

Screen/Display
Screens already have multiple ports (DVI/VGA),and adding an ethernet port with the electronics to convert back to graphics, keyboards and pointing devices would be cumbersome, and costly.

Limitations
May not be suitable for graphics intensive applications as there would be only so much data that can be compressed onto an ethernet jack so that it can be converted back into the bits necessary for display, or am I wrong here? I am after all, just a power user.

References.
www.ndiyo.com
www.osnews.com/
www.ravichhabra.com/blog

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