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There's no such international standard in camera components except the connections from the camera to an external device.
Okay - even better, create your own standard how to put the parts together! You even avoid the patent infringement in such case. Sorry, but so far nobody could give me fact-based reasons why someone couldn't try to develop a modular DSLR system - given that this would need experience in this technology. I also don't mean that the customer needs to build it him/herself, but more that a company offers to stack given modules together depending on the performance need of the customer. I am pretty certain that this would be a successful idea as long as there is an advantage for the consumer to buy such a modular built camera (like cost and better fit for the need, also better lens compatibility to established lens manufacturers for example).
Realistically this won't happen soon. The camera market is not going well, profits are down quite a bit, so it would be very hurdlesome for someone to even start with such new business.
You have plenty of facts. Precision alignment is not required in PC's. Modular systems are always larger than integrated systems, the connections take up extra space and add weakness to the system. The modular systems in place (RED, medium format) only add the accessories not the core functions. You can't opt for a different AF system or circuit boards, just storage and viewfinders, etc. Firmware would also be an issue, a company would need to develop a new OS or open source software. Personally I'd hate using a camera that was buggy and crashed just as a bird or athlete crossed the frame.
And it would most certain,y be more expensive than current offerings. The market would be too small for the costs to be reduced, it is a niche market compared to computers.