firm·​ware | \ ˈfərm-ˌwer How to pronounce firmware (audio) \

Definition of firmware

: computer programs contained permanently in a hardware device (such as a read-only memory)

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Netgear has released a beta version of a firmware fix but only for its mesh-networking Orbi routers. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Google's Home, Chromecast products causing Wi-Fi disconnects," 15 Jan. 2018 Switch owners can now easily load digital software purchases onto more than one console following a firmware update that was rolled out last night. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "You can now share your Switch game downloads across consoles," 19 Sep. 2018 The firmware also automatically generates TLS certificates from the free Let’s Encrypt service. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home," 17 Oct. 2018 Flash your board with the firmware and then calibrate the settings to make sure everything talks correctly. Trevor Bauer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Own Drone," 23 Aug. 2018 Also cross your fingers that your system will even see the motherboard updates needed to apply AMD’s new CPU firmware. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD rolls out CPU firmware and Windows 10 patches to protect against Spectre exploits," 10 Apr. 2018 In an ironic twist, though, the makers of that firmware have introduced anti-piracy code to prevent people from pirating their own work. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Switch pirates don’t want you to pirate their piracy-enabling firmware," 28 June 2018 Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar. Fortune, "Why Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make," 21 June 2018 Photo: Upstream Systems GMobi provides firmware-update and other services to more than 100 smartphone makers churning out 2,000 different models of phones, with more than 150 million users globally. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "App Traps: How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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computers : computer programs that are contained permanently in a device

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