Register to reply 
What is the physical form of binary data in a computer processor? 
Share this thread: 
#1
Jan1113, 06:00 AM

P: 147

This a general, layman question. Computer processors work with binary digits, 1 and 0. Of course, computer processors can be seen as microscopic forms of Babbage's analytic engine. So in reality, in the circuits of a microprocessor, what physical form do binary digits take?



#2
Jan1113, 01:49 PM

Mentor
P: 11,928

High and low voltage in circuits.



#3
Jan1413, 11:48 AM

P: 147




#4
Jan1413, 12:45 PM

Mentor
P: 41,140

What is the physical form of binary data in a computer processor?



#5
Jan1513, 03:28 PM

Mentor
P: 11,928

Current is problematic to control (it would always depend on sender AND receiver of data). 


#7
Jan1813, 10:53 AM

P: 147




#8
Jan1813, 11:16 AM

HW Helper
P: 7,134

Processors also include "tables" of data for certain operations, so in addtion to voltage levels, binary data is represented by the presence or absence of connectors or diodes used to change a set of voltage inputs into a particular combination for output from a table.



#9
Jan1813, 11:19 AM

Mentor
P: 11,928

Their flux qubits would use the direction of current flow (or, equivalently, the direction of a magnetic field) to decode 0, 1 and superpositions of those. 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
GARCH fitting to binary data / latent data  Set Theory, Logic, Probability, Statistics  7  
Processor and memory architecture of computer system  Programming & Computer Science  11  
Physical Transfer of Data on a Computer Bus  Computers  4  
The Physics of a Computer Processor  Quantum Physics  13  
The Physics of a Computer Processor  General Physics  2 