The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information.
What is a bit? A bit (short for binary digit) is the smallest unit of digital information, represented by either 0 or 1. Arranging a series of bits in sequence creates a binary math language that the processing chips can understand. As a result, CPUs are identified by their ability to process these sequences (32-bit or 64-bit). Eight consecutive bits in such a sequence equals a byte (short for binary term). The 64-bit version of Windows has a much larger capacity to handle data more effectively than a 32-bit system.
Why 64-bit? 64-bit architecture has practical benefits that include the ability to utilize more than 4GB of RAM, better memory mapping capabilities leading to more efficient disk-to-memory methods, and larger address spaces for efficient handling of large data sets common in Image Analysis and digital video applications.
How is this relevant for Buehler customers? Buehler has migrated both our Image Analysis and DiaMet™ Hardness Testing software to 64-bit environments thus maximizing the power of current PC machine technology as well as full compatibility with Windows 10, reducing compatibility and performance issues today and for years into the future.