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[furm-wair] /ˈfɜrmˌwɛər/

noun, Computers.
a microprogram stored in ROM, designed to implement a function that had previously been provided in .
(computing) a fixed form of software programmed into a read-only memory

1968, from firm (adj.) + ending from software.

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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