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Unformatted text preview: number system, with which we are already more familiar? We could. In fact, its been done. Computers have been built that are based on other number systems. However, modern computers are designed to use and manage binary values because the devices that store and manage the data are far less expensive and far more reliable if they only have to represent one of two possible values. Also, electronic signals are far easier to maintain if they transfer only binary data. An analog signal continually fluctuates in voltage up and down. But a digital signal has only a high or low state, corresponding to the two binary digits. See Figure 3.2. All electronic signals (both analog and digital) degrade as they move down a line. That is, the voltage of the signal fluctuates due to environ-mental effects. The trouble is that as soon as an analog signal degrades,...
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