System Core

The core of FirmWorks's Open Firmware implementation is an ANS Forth-compliant kernel. This kernel provides the set of language primitives and operators used to implement the drivers and interfaces of the Open Firmware system. Compatibility with the ANS Forth Standard ensures source code portability and stability for future development.

The FirmWorks kernel is a small, efficient Forth engine implemented in native machine code for speed and size. The kernel contains an integrated machine language assembler/disassembler and a rich set of extensions for development and debugging at the hardware level, including breakpoints, stepping, tracing, disassembly, and memory and I/O operations.

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Last Modified: February 9, 1996