Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Try To Take Nibbles Seriously. A Lesson on Bytes and Nibbles

The Byte
Do you know what a byte is? It's simply and always 8 binary digits (bits).
 Binary Digit (bit): 1 or 0. As compared to a Decimal Digit: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Without going in depth, bytes are important for computers because it a standard at which data is transferred and read. Like the eight prongs on a USB 3. (I can hear the "ohhhhhhh's" already) USB 3.0 is the newest and still working it's way into all computers of the near future. (It's blue on the inside)

USB 2.0
The Nibble
Let me now explain what a nibble is with the following conversation:

  -Tom, would you like a byte of that pie?
  ~No thanks.
  -Cmon, Tom, atleast have a nibble.
  ~Ok, fine Janet, I'll have a nibble at your damn pie.

   Tom didn't want a full byte, so he settled for half of a byte, A NIBBLE. That's literally the name it was given. I couldn't believe it when I heard this. It was too funny and unexpected. Goes to show that smart people have a sense of humor! USB 2.0 is 4 prongs, which, implies and points to the use of Nibbles for data transfer. Needless to say USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0.

Here are some example nibbles:  1011;  0100;  0000;  0110.
Compared to bytes: 10110010; 10000000; 00000100.

Other Binary, Bytes, Bits And Nibbles Resources:
  Binary Number System On Wikipedia
  Hexidecimal Number System (based on 16)

Hope you enjoyed this fresh piece of insight. -Brian

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