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Are the references to firmware and software the same?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by bottomsup, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. bottomsup

    bottomsup Member

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    i know what the difference is in general but I see these words used as synonyms on the forums. Are there two different types of updates or one?
     
  2. RayK

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    I believe that in the context of these forum threads, software and firmware are being used interchangeably in reference to over-the-air (OTA) updates to Teslas. There has been a recent mention of the bootloader update to the Battery Management System which appears to be only available with a physical visit to a service center and not OTA.
     
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  3. RDoc

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    Yes they're are used (incorrectly) interchangeably here. The only excuse I can think of is that if the promised API ever exists, there could be software that was user loadable. Of course, there's a very strong argument that such code should be referred to as scripting.
     
  4. Nocturnal

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    Firmware tends to drive basic things like your computer's CPU (bios). OTA updates are probably all software as I don't think they would want to risk an over the air update to firmware.
     

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