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byte
Last modified: September 1, 1997

Abbreviation for binary term, a unit of storage capable of holding a single character. On almost all modern computers, a byte is equal to 8 bits. Large amounts of memory are indicated in terms of kilobytes (1,024 bytes), megabytes (1,048,576 bytes), and gigabytes (1,073,741,824 bytes). A disk that can hold 1.44 megabytes, for example, is capable of storing approximately 1.4 million characters, or about 3,000 pages of information.

See Also
big-endian
gigabyte
kilobyte
megabyte
nibble

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Data Representation Award Winning Page
This is Chapter 1 of Randall Hyde's book, "Art of Assembly Language." It describes the binary and hexadecimal numbering systems, binary data organization (bits, nibbles, bytes, words, and double words), signed and unsigned numbering systems, arithmetic, logical, shift, and rotate operations on binary values, bit fields and packed data, and the ASCII character set. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

Data powers of ten
These examples illustrate various data media according to how much data they can hold, from a single bit to a yottabyte.

Data Representation - The Binary Number System
Very clear and concise discussion of the binary system used by computers to represent data. Updated on Apr 7, 1998


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