there's byte, kilobyte, megabyte, but can we measure milibyte, centibyte, decibyte, or go smaller..microbyte, nanobyte?

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• Nick
Lv 4
10 months ago

centibytes (10^2) can be used to measure power consumption, but decibytes (10^1) have no use

• 10 months ago

With advert of Quantum Computing it may be possible.

• 10 months ago

A byte is a combination of 8 bit. A bite is a binary number. A binary number is represented by 0 & 1 digit form. As a byte, kilobyte, a megabyte is the primary unit we can measure it, but we are disabling to measure multibyte, decibyte, etc.

• Steven
Lv 4
10 months ago

As a byte, kilobyte, megabyte is primary unit we can measure it, but we are disable to measure milibyte, centibyte, decibyte etc.

• Anonymous
10 months ago

a byte is 8 BITS, & a single bit is something a computer recognizes. a Single " . " is a bit. " " is nothing(ignore the parentheses, it is what in between them that I am emphasizing)

For computer language purposes (BIT) is the smallest unit. Byte is only used in computer language.

• 10 months ago

Of course you can. The bytes follow the International System of Units, so add any prefix to byte and you have a different value of byte aka anywhere from terabyte (10^12) or picobyte (10^-12)

• Richard
Lv 7
10 months agoReport

When it comes to networking sub bit sizes can be relevant. For example, a speed of 1 mbps (millibit/second) does have a meaning. It means that it takes 1000 seconds to transfer one bit. Extremely slow data rates are used for signals from distant space craft.

• 10 months ago

It seems like a lot of trouble to go between Base Two and Base Ten in such a manner.

• 10 months ago

The smallest computing term is a bit, 0 or 1 which can be represented as off/on, positive/negatiove or high/low voltage etc.

A byte is 8 bits.

Deci is a tenth, milli is a thousandth, not really workable when its dividing something where the lowest value you can have is an 8th.

The only other smaller thing between a bit and a byte is a nibble which is half a byte.

• 10 months ago

A byte is a discrete quantity, not continuous. That is, bytes are "counted", not "measured". Fractional bytes don't make much sense beyond the bits (usually 8 bits to a byte) that make it up. Likewise, network speeds are measured in megabits or gigabits per second; but there is no reason to talk about millibits.

• 10 months ago

What is a byte? A byte is a group of 8 bits. A bit is a binary digit that can be either 0 or 1, so a byte represents a number in the range 0 to 255 as 00000000 to 11111111.

A byte generally does not get further reduced, although half a byte, ie 4 bits is called a nibble.