status byte

status byte

[′stad·əs ‚bīt]
(computer science)
A byte of storage whose contents indicate the activities currently taking place in some part of the computer or various conditions governing the execution of a computer program; often, each bit is assigned a particular meaning.
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Data bytes contained in the device informed about what values are assigned to events, which carries the status byte.
Both devices also contain a floppy disk controller and, like all National SuperI/O devices, the floppy disk controller fully supports overrun and under run conditions during DMA transactions, does not lose data or status bytes, and is free of the NEC765A bug that has plagued many systems containing other SuperI/Os.
Packetized SCSI transfers grouped commands, messages and status bytes at full data-transfer speeds, reducing the protocol overhead.