Glossary Definition for Bandwidth

Glossary Term: Bandwidth 

Definition

1. Bandwidth (BW) is a range of frequencies, or information, that a circuit can handle or the range of frequencies that a signal contains or occupies.

Example: An AM broadcast radio channel in the US has a bandwidth of 10kHz, meaning that it occupies a 10kHz-wide band, such as the frequencies from 760kHz to 770kHz.

2. The amount of data a digital channel or line can handle, expressed in bits per second (bps), kilobits per second (kbps), baud, or a similar measure.

Synonyms
  • band
  • Mbps
  • megabits
  • kilobits
  • kbps
  • bps
  • BW

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