were what enabled more sophisticated software

Michael30000

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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

But even if new materials aren’t discovered, it is important to remember that from the very beginning the processing power in microchips was also improved by software advances, not just silicon. “More powerful chips were what enabled more sophisticated software, and some of that more sophisticated software was then used to make the chips themselves get faster through new designs and optimization of all the complexity that was growing on the chip itself,” remarked Craig Mundie.

What is the meaning of "More powerful chips were what enabled more sophisticated software"?
Does it mean that more powerful chips made possible more sophisticated software or vice-versa?

Thank you.
 
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