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Embedded software is

[s]oftware that is part of a larger system and performs some of the requirements of that system; e.g., software used in an aircraft or rapid transit system. Such software does not provide an interface with the user.[1]
a type of software that is built into hardware systems. This software is typically designed to perform one specific function, although a single piece of hardware may contain multiple pieces of software embedded in it. Any piece of technology that has circuit boards and computer chips will likely have embedded software within it, from digital clocks to cell phones to calculators.[2]

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  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Glossary of Computerized System and Software Development Technology 12 (Aug. 1995) (full-text).
  2. GAO Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readiness of Technology for Use in Acquisition Programs and Projects, at 33 n.13.

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