Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary


Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of LITTLE-ENDIAN

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

A computer architecture in which, within a given 16- or 32-bit word, bytes at lower addresses have lower significance (the word is stored "little-end-first"). The pdp-11 and vax families of computers and intel microprocessors and a lot of communications and networking hardware are little-endian.

The term is sometimes used to describe the ordering of units other than bytes; most often, bits within a byte.

Compare big-endian, middle-endian. See nuxi problem.

[jargon file]

 

 

COPYRIGHT © 2000-2013 HYPERDICTIONARY.COM HOME | ABOUT HYPERDICTIONARY