Hardwired is a hardware function that can't be altered from the outside or with software changes. Hardcoded is a function of software that can't be altered by configuration or a user interface.Hardwired functions are built into a microchip or similar electrical component. Hardcoded functions are build into software code.
In many cases, software is mostly hardcoded. In fact, software that is wimpy about implementing logic in code is often a sign of a poor design. Hardwiring is less common as many devices use generic hardware and implement functionality in software.Both terms are occasionally used as slang to mean a system that is inflexible and difficult to change. Generally speaking, hardwiring and hardcoding are used for the purposes of efficiency when the designer or programmer is sure that some aspect of a device isn't going to change. A hardwired or hardcoded function requires a hardware designer or software developer to change.
Functionality embedded in hardware.
Functionality embedded in software.
Requires new hardware.
Requires a software update.
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