Hardware v Software

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by studiot, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. studiot

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    Nov 9, 2007
    So how do we regard computer and other programmable circuitry?

    Is the software a necessary addition to make the hardware work


    Is the hardware a necessary platform to run the software on?
  2. sceadwian

    New Member

    Jun 1, 2009
    Without hardware there would be no need for software, but if you look at circuit design it's really just a form of programming the material world.
  3. Ghar

    Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    I think it depends on the project.

    Lately I've been working more in situation where the electronics are just providing a platform for the software to deal with the real world. No one really cares what it looks like as long as it's minimal and gives the software what it wants.

    So for me at the moment it's definitely the latter choice.

    Something like a motor controller though, which may require some algorithms to run, makes it seem the other way around.
    Go to a higher level and maybe you'll come back around to considering the entire motor system as just a platform for the software to do its thing.
  4. Nanophotonics

    Active Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    Beenthere has the signature: "First comes the hardware, then the software."

    I would say that software has provided a lot of flexibility in designing circuits.
  5. sceadwian

    New Member

    Jun 1, 2009
    Yep nano, but only because the hardware has come so far. FPGA's and their kin redefine programming vs hardware.