Network Security Based Mother Board Design

If an engineer wanted to be the next Bill Gates of motherboards, I'd bet you it would be a motherboard that provided a hardware solution to what now is only a software solution (firewalls, anti-virus software, etc.).

I'm thinking it would have a networking area that was separated physically from the administrative/user area. The administrative/user area could read/write to the networking area, but the networking area could not read nor write to the administrative/user area. The user could surf safely with a browser in one window, while in another window running a proprietary environment with no worries. It would be much like have two computers, where one is dedicated to the Internet, while the other is running your apps that demand privacy, but you see them on the same screen.

If the networking area did catch a virus, the administrative/user could provide a factory copy of virus free browser after zeroing the network memory/drive. We could say good bye to ever getting a Trojan or when one did occur, it could never penetrate into root/administrative mode. If a user chose, they could lay down a fresh from factory live edition (like Linux live) every time they went on line.

So who'd gonna do it? Who will give the world back their privacy and control, in world where even the experts have found it impossible to keep up with the software solutions?


  • Anthony Jarmie
    Anthony Jarmie
    The Sandy Bridge memory controller is strictly dual-channel whether two or four DIMMs are installed - and this is if the board's implementation of the DIMM slots is compliant with the Intel reference spec. No LGA 1155 system ever runs in quad-channel or even triple-channel. Quad-channel is reserved for the higher-end Sandy Bridge-E (LGA 2011). As for LGA 1155 running in dual-channel with four DIMM slots filled, well, it depends on how well the implementation really is. Some boards will default to a "Flex" mode in which only the DIMMs installed in the first pairing of slots run in dual-channel and the remainder of the RAM runs in single-channel. A few others (rare) run their entire installed RAM in single-channel-only mode, effectively limiting the maximum dual-channel RAM operation to 8GB total (unless one spends three times more per GB for 8GB DIMMs).

    Anthony jarmie

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