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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 30 2007,16:10   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 30 2007,14:54)
Quote (phonon @ Mar. 30 2007,14:33)
All changes to existing hardware have to be made through software.

Hogwash. A class of devices called the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) has been around for almost 25 years. I remember when my Intel Field Service Engineer was hyping Xilinx FPGAs to me in the mid-1980s. I presumed Intel had a financial stake in Xilinx. They were way too slow for anything I was doing but they can be reconfigured on the fly, in-circuit, running hot.

Uh, DaveScot, uh DellMillionaire Genius? You do know that by using the word "programmable" in the name of the device, that means that it is controlled by software don't you?

Not 5 trillion dipstick switches?

Or 5 trillion POOFS from the intelligent designer. Cheesy poofs, that is.

I guess you could wire everything manually. There are many electronic devices where the programs are hardwired into a chip. But, what is really the definition of software? To me the definition of software IS a program. If you program something by manually wiring it using schematics, or the instructions are fed by punchcard or a magnetic disk, then the instructions themselves, no matter how they were entered ARE the software. If something is programmable, there is a program involved and (to me at least) a program = software, no matter the input device.

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