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What is the physical form of binary data in a computer processor? 
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Jan1113, 06:00 AM

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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?



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Jan1113, 01:49 PM

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High and low voltage in circuits.



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



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Jan1513, 03:28 PM

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


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Jan1813, 11:16 AM

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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.



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Jan1813, 11:19 AM

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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. 


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