Gibibyte

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Multiples of bytes
Decimal
Value Metric
1000 kB kilobyte
10002 MB megabyte
10003 GB gigabyte
10004 TB terabyte
10005 PB petabyte
10006 EB exabyte
10007 ZB zettabyte
10008 YB yottabyte
Binary
Value IEC JEDEC
1024 KiB kibibyte KB kilobyte
10242 MiB mebibyte MB megabyte
10243 GiB gibibyte GB gigabyte
10244 TiB tebibyte
10245 PiB pebibyte
10246 EiB exbibyte
10247 ZiB zebibyte
10248 YiB yobibyte

The gibibyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The binary prefix gibi means 230, therefore one gibibyte is equal to 1073741824bytes = 1024 mebibytes. The unit symbol for the gibibyte is GiB. It is a member of the set of units with binary prefixes defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).[1]

The gibibyte is very closely related to the gigabyte (GB). The GB is defined by the IEC as 109 bytes = 1000000000bytes, 1GiB1.074GB. 1024 gibibytes are equal to one tebibyte. In the context of computer memory, Gigabyte and GB are customarily used to mean 10243 (230) bytes, although not in the context of data transmission and not necessarily in the context of hard drive size.[2] The word gibibyte was coined in 1998.[3]

Binary prefixes are increasingly used in technical literature and open source software, and are a component of the International System of Quantities.[4]

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  1. ^ "Prefixes for binary multiples". NIST. 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Gigabyte, usage note". American Heritage Dictionary. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ International Electrotechnical Commission (January 1999), IEC 60027-2 Amendment 2: Letter symbols to be used in electrical technology - Part 2: Telecommunications and electronics.[1]
  4. ^ "IEC 80000-13:2008". International Organization for Standardization. Retrieved 21 July 2013.