Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » 1 »

16-bit

Refers to the number of bits that can be processed or transmitted in parallel, or the number of bits used for single element in a data format. The term is often applied to the following:
  • microprocessor: indicates the width of the registers. A 16-bit microprocessor can process data and memory addresses that are represented by 16 bits.
  • bus : indicates the number of wires in the bus. A 16-bit bus transmits 16 bits in parallel.
  • graphics device, such as a scanner or digital camera : specifies the number of bits used to represent each pixel.
  • operating system: refers primarily to the number of bits used to represent memory addresses. Windows 3.x is a 16-bit operating system, whereas Windows 95 and Windows NT are 32-bit operating systems.
  • expansion board: refers to how much data can be sent to and from the card in parallel. 8-bit cards are sometimes called half-size cards whereas 16-bit cards are referred to as full-size cards.






  • TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
    DID YOU KNOW?
    It's Happening Now: Perceptual Computing is Real

    Perceptual computing is the ability for a computer to recognize what is going on around it. More specifically, the computer can perceive the... Read More »

    Apple Pay Promises to Strengthen Payment Security

    Experts believe that Apple Pay and other competitive payment systems will be far more secure than cards, even cards equipped with EMV chips. Read More »

    The Great Data Storage Debate: Is Tape Dead?

    Tape clearly is on the decline. But remember, legacy systems can hang for a shockingly long time. Read More »

    QUICK REFERENCE
    Network Fundamentals Study Guide

    A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »

    Computer Architecture Study Guide

    This Webopedia  study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »

    Webopedia Polls

    The trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. How do you typically shop for holiday... Read More »