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)

Examples of firmware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owners of the roughly 100,000 Automower robotic lawn mowers with models 405X, 415X, and 435X AWD can download the firmware update via the company’s Automower Connect app. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2022 To its credit, New Wave has indicated to Ars Technica that Q*bert's pixel scaling will be addressed in a firmware update, which will be applied by connecting the machine to a PC and using a New Wave app. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 For the first time this year, Apple rolled out a firmware update for its AirTag item tracker on Tuesday. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 Apr. 2022 New features and enhancements via regular firmware updates. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Tesla is recalling 129,960 2021-2022 Model S, Model X, and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y cars operating certain firmware releases. USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Voltage glitch attacks could bypass the RoT and falsify the advanced firmware, leading to corruption of the network that could go far beyond a single device. Gopi Sirineni, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Also on Thursday, independent security researcher Ruben Santamarta published an analysis that uncovered several vulnerabilities present in some of the firmware that runs on the SATCOM terminals disrupted in the attack. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 Included in the theft, the group claims, are schematics and source code for drivers and firmware. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Firmware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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