Dotdotdot: Hardware is Like Software? - Ban Hardware Patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 21 Nov 2007 22:23
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Summary:
One needs to understand that there is fundamentally no difference between software and hardware; each is frequently expressed in terms of the other, interchangeably describing the same thing. For example, many microprocessors are conceptualized as software through the use of hardware description languages (HDL) such as Bluespec System Verilog and VHDL. The resulting HDL software code is downloaded to special microprocessors known as FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), which can mimic a prospective chip's design and functions for testing. Eventually, the HDL code may be physically etched into silicon. VoilĂ ! The software becomes hardware.
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