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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Software vs. Hardware: The 'Race' is On

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Larry Adams By Larry Adams
Editor

Here they come, spinning around the stretch. Hardware and software are neck and neck, pushing each other forward. Who will win?

The customer is who will win because it is not a race between hardware and software; they are not competitors, they are teammates participating in a relay race. Of course, there is no real finish line. The end of the race will never come because there will always be additional applications, more complicated uses.

Over the last decade or more, the increase in computer power and software capabilities has been a boon to the electronic imaging industry. As this issue shows, software’s place in the electronic-imaging road map cannot be understated. The ability to perform imaging tasks from the most mundane and repetitive to the most critical and complex makes software a pivotal piece of technology that depends on hardware to help get it to the finish line.

As Hank Russell points out in his core technology feature, “Software Covers the Imaging Bases” (page 24), software touches application niches across the board from biotechnology and life sciences to traditional machine vision and everything in between.

And, while software is already an integral part of the imaging process, it is just the beginning.

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