upward compatible

Definitions

Computing

  • adjective used to describe hardware or software designed to be compatible either with earlier models or with future models which have not yet been developed

Electronics

  • Software that is designed to be compatible with later versions of software or hardware, or hardware that is designed to be compatible with later versions of hardware or software. For instance, a program that was able to run on a given CPU generation also being able to work with a later generation. forward compatibility is important in being able to upgrade components, programs, or systems in a simple and efficient manner. Also called forward compatible.
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