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When talking about a data transmission rate, the correct abbreviation is kbps rather than kbit/sec. In the case of data transmission, the "kilo" applies to the unit "bits per second" (or bps) rather than referring to kilobits (a different unit) per second. The difference is that 1 kbps is 1000 bits per second, while 1 kilobit per second would be 1024 (2^10) bits.
> Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 08:33:09 -0700
> Subject: Re: baud vs. baud rate
> From: robert -at- lauriston -dot- com
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> What's the context?
> If you're talking about modem speeds such as 9600, 14.4, 28.8, 33.6,
> and 56k, the correct term is kbit/s; baud is an underlying symbol rate
> generally of no concern to the user. For example, 9600 and 14.4 are
> both 2400 baud.
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 8:00 AM, Joel<eleysium -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > A style guide that I have says that 'baud rate' is redundant because baud
> > is a rate (similar to ATM machine). And yet, saying something like, "select
> > the appropriate baud" just seems odd to read. Any opinions on keeping or
> > dropping "rate"?
> > Joel
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