Firmware is the system software residing in a non-volatile memory, typically a ROM, EPROM or today often a flash memory. What is called firmware for the MIPS systems is relatively close to what is called the BIOS for the PC sector.
There is a small number of firmware implementations in use on MIPS only however in a large number of variants.
- Common Firmware Environment (CFE)
- Cobalt Firmware
- IDT/sim, IDT/boot
- mmon tiny monitor program for MIPS VR4300
- PMON 2000