Most Significant Bit


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most significant bit

[′mōst sig′nif·i·gənt ′bit]
(computer science)
The left-most bit in a word. Abbreviated msb.

Most Significant Bit

(MSB) Bit n-1 in an n bit binary number, the bit with the greatest weight (2^(n-1)). The first or leftmost bit when the number is written in the usual way.
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The result is 32-bit words with 0 in the most significant bits.
The 68HC705P9 also offers several options, including an edge-sensitive or edge- and level-sensitive external interrupt trigger, a most significant bit (MSB) first or least significant bit (LSB) first serial data format, as well as a computer operating properly (COP) watchdog timer.
The statistical results obtained of capacity, SNR and PSNR for data hiding in most significant bits of cover image pixels are listed in the Table 1.
In the HQAM, data with high priority (HP) are mapped onto the most significant bits (MSBs) of QAM constellation points, and data with low priority (LP) are mapped onto the corresponding least significant bits (LSBs).

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