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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: (computer science) coded instructions that are stored
permanently in read-only memory [syn: firmware,
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
Embedded software contained in EPROM or flash memory. It isn't quite
hardware, but at least doesn't have to be loaded from a disk like regular
software. Hacker usage differs from straight techspeak in that hackers
don't normally apply it to stuff that you can't possibly get at, such as
the program that runs a pocket calculator. Instead, it implies that the
firmware could be changed, even if doing so would mean opening a box and
plugging in a new chip. A computer's BIOS is the classic example, although
nowadays there is firmware in disk controllers, modems, video cards and
even CD-ROM drives.
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
Software stored in read-only memory (ROM) or programmable ROM
(PROM). Easier to change than hardware but harder than
software stored on disk. Firmware is often responsible for
the behaviour of a system when it is first switched on. A
typical example would be a "monitor" program in a
microcomputer which loads the full operating system from disk
or from a network and then passes control to it.
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