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Bit

The smallest unit of information a computer can hold in its memory. A bit is always represented as a 0 or a 1 in binary code. The word is a contraction of "binary digit."

bit

a digit which takes the value zero or one and which can therefore be represented electronically by an off/on switch in a COMPUTER. Computers use groups of bits to represent numbers or letters for storage, transmission and processing of numerical or alphabetical data. Specifically, computers use various off/on permutations of eight bits to represent all numbers, letters and punctuation characters. Most computers use multiples of eight bits to handle data in this way and various eight-bit, sixteen-bit and thirty-two bit machines are available, the larger ones generally being able to process data faster.
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On a practical basis, we use a pseudo random bit pattern (PRBP) to save time so we don't have to literally look at all possible patterns.
Results are similar for modern 32-bit (or 16-bit) CPU's: integer arithmetic produces the bit patterns consistent with arithmetic modulo [2.
This simplifies the process of character recognition somewhat; all the OCR program needs to do is isolate groups of bit patterns on a page and decide which of the possible 128 ASCII characters (256 in the full ASCII set) is represented by each collection of dots.
The DS2172 can be programmed to generate pseudorandom patterns with polynomial lengths up to 32 bits, including QRSS or any user-programmable bit pattern from 1 to 32 bits in length.
The on-chip, 32-level Voltage Reference can be used as a simple Digital-to-Analog Converter, and the Data Signal Modulator enables designers to create custom bit patterns using a broad spectrum of inputs.
The encryption hides the contents of the SIPRNet data through a process that randomizes the bit patterns, counteracting the data reduction acceleration method in the Riverbed solution.
Intuitive graphical views of jitter decomposition show the root cause of problems through a periodic jitter spectrum identifying the sources having the most periodic jitter, an ISI Plot isolating bit patterns contributing the most intersymbol interference, and a DDJ histogram for insight into the distribution of a data dependent jitter.
Their 1969 album, The American Metaphysical Circus, Hollander might have noted, featured guitar by Michael Whitney, whose computer film Binary Bit Patterns [1969] Youngblood also praised.
The unit supports monitoring of live data links for link status, utilization and error conditions, as well as BER testing of cables, transceiver, connectors and other components using ANSI-standard bit patterns to ensure system reliability.