packed decimal


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packed decimal

[′pakt ′des·məl]
(computer science)
A means of representing two digits per character, to reduce space and increase transmission speed.

packed decimal

packed decimal

A storage mode that places two decimal digits into one byte, each digit occupying four bits. The sign occupies four bits in the least significant byte.
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NovaXchange can also translate fields from such formats as ASCII, binary, packed decimal and zoned decimal (EBCDIC).
For example, dd cannot convert packed decimals, has no support for COBOL copybook, and has limitations in speed and scale.