In what instances is hardware not necessarily faster than the software?

In what instances is hardware not necessarily faster than the software? i guess the question's already clear.. :-) 'hope to receive answers in the next 30 min..hehe :-D
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- when hardware has to interface with a very slow device
- when a particular task can be performed by hardware massively and by software in a smarter way
sounds like homework
Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
Some hardware have some kind of microcontroller or small microprocessors inside with a program called 'firmware', like DVDs, ethernet hubs, and even MP3 players.
Since microcontrollers are slower than common desktop PC microprocessors, a software alternative could be faster

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akeena_gAuthor Commented:
thanks lombardp and jaime olivares! :-D i'll just divide the points between u guys..

and for DoTheDEW335  (cool name!), it was indeed an assign..unfortunately, i got ur answers later than the submission time...hehe
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