Antedating of "Byte"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 2 23:12:13 UTC 2014

byte (OED 1964)

1962 Werner Buchholz _Planning a Computer System: Project Stretch_ 40  _Byte_ denotes a group of bits used to encode a character, or the number of bits transmitted in parallel to and from input-output units. ... (The term is coined from _bite_, but respelled to avoid accidental mutation to _bit_.)

Fred Shapiro

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