The Info List - OEM

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An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is a company that produces parts and equipment that may be marketed by another manufacturer. For example, if Acme Manufacturing Co. makes power cords that are used on IBM
computers, Acme is an OEM. However, the term is used in several other ways, which causes ambiguity. It sometimes means the maker of a system that includes other companies' subsystems, an end-product producer, an automotive part that is manufactured by the same company that produced the original part used in the automobile's assembly, or a value-added reseller.[1][2][3]


1 Automotive parts 2 Computer software 3 Economies of scale 4 See also 5 References

Automotive parts[edit] When referring to auto parts, OEM refers to the manufacturer of the original equipment, that is, the parts assembled and installed during the construction of a new vehicle. In contrast, aftermarket parts are those made by companies other than the OEM, which might be installed as replacements after the car comes out of the factory. For example, if Ford
used Autolite spark plugs, Exide
batteries, Bosch fuel injectors, and Ford's own engine blocks and heads when building a car, then car restorers and collectors consider those to be the OEM parts.[citation needed] Other-brand parts would be considered aftermarket, such as Champion spark plugs, DieHard batteries, Kinsler fuel injectors, and BMP engine blocks and heads. Many auto parts manufacturers sell parts through multiple channels, for example to car makers for installation during new-vehicle construction, to car makers for resale as automaker-branded replacement parts, and through general merchandising supply chains. Any given brand of part can be OE on some vehicle models and aftermarket on others. Computer software[edit] Microsoft
is a popular example of a company that issues OEM software for their Windows operating systems. OEM product keys are priced lower than their retail counterparts, but use the same software as retail versions of Windows. They are primarily for direct OEM manufacturers and system builders, and as such are typically sold in volume licensing deals to a variety of manufacturers (Dell, HP, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, etc.). Individuals may also purchase them for personal use (to include virtual hardware), or for sale/resale on PCs which they built. Per Microsoft’s EULA regarding OEM, the product key is tied to the PC motherboard which it’s initially installed on, and there is typically no transferring the key between PCs afterward. This is in contrast to retail keys, which may be transferred, provided they are only activated on one PC at a time. A significant hardware change will trigger a reactivation notice, just as with retail.[4] Direct OEMs are officially held liable for things such as installation media, although they are not required to provide it upon sale of a PC hardware, and may indeed exclude it to reduce cost. Instead, manufacturers tend to include a recovery partition on the primary storage device for the user to repair or restore their systems to the factory state. System builders further have a different requirement regarding installation media from Direct OEMs.[5] On versions of Windows which require a valid product key for media download from Microsoft
(like Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10), OEM keys will be rejected, and the party will be given a notice to refer to the manufacturer.[6] Economies of scale[edit] OEMs rely on their ability to drive down the cost of production through economies of scale. Also, using an OEM allows the purchasing company to obtain needed components or products without owning and operating a factory. See also[edit]

Rebranding Private label Store brand Original design manufacturer (ODM) Electronics manufacturing services
Electronics manufacturing services
(EMS) Contract manufacturer Secondary market Value-added reseller Open design Open hardware Outsourcing


^ "Build Your Brand on HP: HP OEM Partnership" (PDF). Hewlett-Packard Website. Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2014-09-27.  ^ Ken Olsen: PDP-1 and PDP-8 (page 3), economicadventure.com ^ Kidder, Tracy (1997). "Book Excerpt: The Soul of a New Machine". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 2014-09-27. …hence the rise of companies known as original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs—they'd buy gear from various companies and put it together in packages. (Chapter One, paragraph 17)  ^ "General Info on Microsoft
OEM COA's, CDs, Ect". eBay. Retrieved 9 September 2015.  ^ "OEM Licensing FAQ-OEM Partner Center". Microsoft.com. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 1 October 2015.  ^ "OEM System Builder Licensing Guide" (PDF). Microsoft.com. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 

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Embedded systems

General terms

Embedded software Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Embedded database Embedded hypervisor Consumer electronics Microcontroller ASIC/FPGA/SoC Memory footprint Single-board computer IoT Board support package Cross compiler Embedded OS bootloader

and controls

Custom firmware Rooting (Android OS) iOS jailbreaking PlayStation 3 Jailbreak Closed platform Vendor lock-in Defective by Design Hacking of consumer electronics Homebrew (video games) Crippleware

Software libraries

uClibc dietlibc Embedded GLIBC musl

Development tools

Bitbake Buildroot BusyBox Yocto Project Almquist shell Stand-alone shell OpenEmbedded

Operating systems

Linux on embedded systems Linux for mobile devices Light-weight Linux distribution Windows IoT/Win CE Real-time operating system

Programming languages

Ada Assembly language CAPL Embedded C MISRA C nesC Embedded C++ Embedded Java

Lightweight browsers Open-source computing hardware Op