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Embedded software

Embedded software

(also firmware)

Embedded software definition

Software that is specifically built for a device. It is embedded in hardware and performs particular functions for the device. Embedded software is very limited in what it can do because of the nature of the device. It can't be installed, uninstalled, or modified.

Embedded software examples

  • Software in household appliances like fridges, washing machines, and dishwashers that recognizes the program or setting you selected and executes it.
  • Software in a child’s toy that turns on the light or makes a sound, depending on which button is pressed.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security