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From: (Ron Dippold)
Subject: Re: What's a Baud?
Organization: Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1992 20:32:30 GMT

barr@tramp.Colorado.EDU (BARR DOUG) writes:

> I have what is probably a fairly simple question.  What is a baud?
> Also, does anyone know what it stands for or its derivation?

I waited a day to make sure that we weren't flooded by responses ...
It's derived from the name of J.M.E. Baudot, who was a French pioneer
in printing telegraphy.  Basically, a baud is a transition of the
waveform used to transmit the data.  What a transition is depends on
what you're interested in.  Each transition can carry multiple bits of
information.  For example, in a V.32 modem, each baud carries four
bits of information.  Six for V.32bis.  

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