- Cebits will soon become obsolete?

## Cebit

noun; analogy

Classical bit, as opposed to a quantum bit ("The bits in today's computers are cebits") Bits in our computers used to store information are usually called just bits. However, physicists building a theoretical model for a quantum computer refer to bits in a quantum computer as qubits (q-bits). Hence, during a discussion about quantum computing, my friend and I felt the need to call classical bits (i.e. bits in our computers, often referred to as a classical computer) cebits (c-bits), not just bits.

Etymology : analogy: 'c ' + 'e' + 'bit' - cebit

Source : conversation with a computer science friend

Last modified: 10 June 2008