What Is Bit (Computing)? – POFTUT

What Is Bit (Computing)?

A bit is the smallest data storage and unit of measurement in computing. A bit can hold only one of the two data 0 or 1. The bit is used also to specify the size of the RAM, GPU, CPU architecture, HDD size, variable sizes in programming, etc.

Bit Stores Binary Data

A bit is the simples storage unit for data. Binary data can be stored in a bit where binary values consist of 0 and 1. It may seem so simple which is not useful but it works. Every data in a traditional computer system is stored in bits with 0’s and 1’s.

Bit May Store True and False

The stored values of the bit may have different meanings like True and False. As true and false are part of the logical values they can express as with 0 and 1.  Generally, 0 is used to express False and 1 is used to express True.

8 Bit is Equal To 1 Byte

As the bit is the smallest storage measurement unit there are other measurement limits bigger than a bit. 8 bit is equal 1 byte which is also a popular measurement unit in computing. There are also the following equations about a bit.

1 Nible = 4 Bit

1 Byte = 8 Bit

1 KiloByte = 8192 Bit

1 MegaByte = 8.388.608 Bit

B or b or Byte or Bit

While using the bit as measurement units it can be expressed with some short-form like b in Mbps. But it can be confused with the Byte which is expressed as B. lower b is used express bit uppercase B is used to express Byte.

Mbps = Megabit per second

MBps = Megabyte per second

Gbps = Gigabit per second

GBps = Gigabyte per second

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