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

Posted on 2004-11-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
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
Question by:akeena_g
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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
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    sounds like homework
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    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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    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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