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Now compare the sharply climbing Moore’s Law curve with what might come from a design team at a small-scale manufacturer working diligently to improve its latest product by polishing the firmware or tweaking the way memory and other components are connected. Assume that such a team can achieve a constant but respectable rate of progress. Let’s say the first year of such work improves the product by 75 percent over its initial performance, and that improvements continue to accrue by this same amount year after year. How do the results compare to what the design team gains just by sitting and waiting for Moore’s Law to do its magic?

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