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By Princeton University
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
Software in the read only memory used rarely but is saved when it is shut off. It is short for Basic Input Output System for a PC. It is part of the memory that doesn't change.Refer to flash memory.
By Henry Campbell Black
Software stored in read-only memory (ROM) or programmable ROM(PROM). Easier to change than hardware but harder thansoftware stored on disk. Firmware is often responsible forthe behaviour of a system when it is first switched on. Atypical example would be a "monitor" program in amicrocomputer which loads the full operating system from diskor from a network and then passes control to it.
By Denis Howe