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32 bit

Starting with 2, then 4, then 8, then 16, 32 was the next natural progression of chunking of data on your computer.

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Your computer is only as fast as the amount of data it can handle at one time. In the old days, computers handled 8 bits of data at a time. Then, as processers got better, it could handle double that. Now, machines can easily handle double that again.

There's an added advantage to being able to cram 32 bits at a time through the computer's processor: the computer has to be able to keep all those bits in order. And that means that a processor capable of handling 32-bit data can actually keep track of the addresses in 4 gigbytes of memory.

If you think 32 bits is cool, the next generation of operating systems and processors will be doubling up again - to 64 bit proccessing. It never ends, does it?

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