As you know from my ramblings, there is great interest in achieving high performance with low power in an easily programmable chip in order to do software radio. That is, I can order it to be an HD radio, FM stereo receiver, police band scanner, HDTV receiver, etc. just by changing the software.
While this may seem extreme, rapid progress IS being made.
Texas Instruments released the OMAP family and many of us have become interested in pursuing the bleeding edge of technologies, including the OMAP family. In particular many of us have built up systems using the Beagle Board. The Beagle Board is nice, but you still have to download a bill of materials, screw driver the thing together, and pray it will do the right thing.
Stop the presses, this is no longer required. Though one can put together a system that is less expensive than the Always Innovating offerings, one would still have to buy parts, assemble, and then cross your fingers. With the Always Innovating computers, this is no longer necessary. Go check them out.