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What is the difference between 16 bit and 32 bit?

Hi,
  I need an explanation to the difference between 16 bit and 32 bit, other than 32 bit is more advanced...right? What does bit stand for? Thanks

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richtwes
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sorgieCommented:
Basically it is bus width as in data bus ,processor bus ETC.
It is the amount of data the bus can send or receive in a single cycle.
Your isa and pci card slots are rrated in this fashion.
most ISA slots are 16 bit
Pci are 32 and 64 accordingly
AGP slots are 32 bit

Hope this helps
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1cellCommented:
that's the answer.  to expand, think of the difference between a one lane road and a two lane road.
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Davy070599Commented:
>What does bit stand for?

a bit can either be 1 or 0 (opened or closed).  You can compare it with the button to switch on/off the light.
It's the smalest way to represent data.

8 bits = 1 byte.
1 byte represents 1 character.
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ENIACCommented:
Also, bit stands for "Binary digIT".

The binary digit, being 1 or 0.  Which Davy mentions above.

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ENIAC
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richtwesAuthor Commented:
thanks to everyone. 1cell, your comments helped!
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