bi-endian

bi-endian

Silicon schizophrenia. Processors and other chips that have can be switched to work in big-endian or little-endian mode.

The PowerPC chip has this ability, which allows it to run the little-endian Windows NT, or the big-endian Mac OS/PPC.

bi-endian

The ability to switch between big endian and little endian ordering. For example, the PowerPC is a bi-endian CPU. See byte order.
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IRI's ability to maintain and change the endianness of data means that files can be correctly processed on big, little, or bi-endian hardware.
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