Multiple bits[ edit ] Multiple bits may be expressed and represented in several ways. For convenience of representing commonly reoccurring groups of bits in information technology, several units of information have traditionally been used. The most common is the unit byte , coined by Werner Buchholz in June , which historically was used to represent the group of bits used to encode a single character of text until UTF-8 multibyte encoding took over in a computer      and for this reason it was used as the basic addressable element in many computer architectures. Computers usually manipulate bits in groups of a fixed size, conventionally named " words ". The International System of Units defines a series of decimal prefixes for multiples of standardized units which are commonly also used with the bit and the byte. The prefixes kilo through yotta increment by multiples of , and the corresponding units are the kilobit kbit through the yottabit Ybit. Information capacity and information compression[ edit ] This article needs to be updated. In particular: Please update this section to reflect recent events or newly available information.
I need a control unit and a clock. Here I'm building a clock specifically designed for development - it supports extremely low clock frequencies single Hz as well as a manual clock button. I stole the basic design for this clock from Ben Eater.
Bit computer Jul 24 at If you're doing fixed-point arithmetic, it's even worse. When you're working on a clean slate design and don't have to worry about compatibility with anything else, any word size can at least be a contender, if not a good one.
Bit and Byte Explained in 6 Minutes - What Are Bytes and Bits?