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32-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 32-bit microprocessor can process data and memory addresses that are represented by 32 bits.
  • bus : indicates the number of wires in the bus. A 32-bit bus transmits 32 bits in parallel.
  • graphics device, such as a scanner or digital camera : specifies the number of bits used to represent each pixel. Typically 24 bits are used for color and the remaining 8 bits are used for control information.
  • operating system: refers primarily to the number of bits used to represent memory addresses.
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