Antedating of "Firmware"

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Sep 11 11:51:54 UTC 2009

Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> Yes, this is the canonical first quote, and we have it:
> 1967 _Datamation_ Jan. 22/2, I believe it worthwhile to
> introduce a new word into our vocabulary: _firmware_. I use
> this term to designate microprograms resident in the
> computer's control memory, which specializes the logical
> design for a special purpose, e.g. the emulation of another
> computer.

Nice to see that again! It was one I found, back in 1994.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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