Bits and bytes

  1. Is 1 megabit=1024 kilo bit or 1000 kilo bit, similarly 1 kilobit= 1000 bits or 1024 bits?
    I know 1 byte=8 bits. and what difference 64 kilo bits and 64 kilo bits per second has?
    thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. adjacent

    adjacent 1,538
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    1 megabit = 1024 kilo bit
    1 kilo bit= 1024 bits


    64 kilobit is just an amount.64 kilo bits per second is the speed(It means 64 kilo bit is transferred every second
     
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  4. Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch 1,504
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    Have you tried reading the wiki article? It's got a good breakdown of what it means:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilobyte

    @adjacent, according to the wiki, it may mean ##2^{10}## or ##10^3## bytes, depending on context.

    edit: whoops, sorry mixed bits and bytes there.
    Here's the kilobit article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilobit
     
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