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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  firmware 
  n  :  (computer  science)  coded  instructions  that  are  stored 
  permanently  in  read-only  memory 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  firmware  /ferm'weir/  n.  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  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Firmware 
 
  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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