firmware

noun
firm·ware | \ ˈfərm-ˌwer \

Definition of firmware 

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

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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 But after a few firmware updates—and a new review unit—the Run earbuds have become a commendable option in the rapidly expanding world of truly wireless earbuds. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide," 13 June 2018 If there hasn’t been a firmware update in the last year, the router has probably been discontinued. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak. Here’s How to Fix That.," 13 June 2018 An Intex spokesman said MoMagic provides the company with the firmware-updating service but doesn’t collect user details for advertising purposes. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "App Traps: How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries," 5 July 2018 While there is a free version Team Xecutor's custom SX OS available online, loading that firmware only allows Switch players to play homebrew software. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Switch pirates don’t want you to pirate their piracy-enabling firmware," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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firmware

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firmware

computers : computer programs that are contained permanently in a device

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