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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default "Trinary" Code

My friend was telling me about these guys who were trying to create a PC that ran off of trinary code. Trinary being 3, instead of 2, operations/numbers/whatever.

This would be amazing. Think about how much it would shorten everything that your PC does. Instead of the letter a being 60 digits long (I made that up) it would be like 15 or 20.

This could be the next big revolution in PCs.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:33 PM   #2
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Uh... how does that work? Binary means on or off. Either there's an electrical current or there isn't.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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Uh... how does that work? Binary means on or off. Either there's an electrical current or there isn't.
Exactly what I was thinking :-/
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:43 PM   #4
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My friend was telling me about this also. I didn't get specifics from him though, and didn't really know what the hell he was talking 'bout (willis).
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:44 PM   #5
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Yeah, I knew someone would ask about that. My friend said that (I know this sounds crazy, but that's cause I don't remember 100%) using some special part of some plant, there is an "in-between" current. I know it's crazy, but if it worked...wow!
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:49 PM   #6
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A plant in a computer? O rly?
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Old July 31st, 2005, 03:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: "Trinary" Code

If there were a way to just measure voltages instead of on/off, then it would be more than trinary. It would be more like a modem.

The problem with this would be that the more voltages there are, the more room for error, seeing how one voltage could be underpowered and read as another.

Binary to me is the most effiecient way seeing how it's more error proof.


Anyways, would it read like this:

0
1
2
10
11
12
20
21
22
100
101
110
111
102
120
121
122
200
201
210
211
212
220
221
222
1000
1001
1010
1011
1100
1101
1110
1111
1002
1020
1021
1022
1200
1201
1202
1220
1221
1222
2000
2001
2010
2011
2100
2101
2110
2111
2002
2020
2021
2022
2200
2201
2202
2220
2221
2222
?


The biggest debate I could see is determining the order. I'm not quite sure, and I'm just assuming 2=full voltage

That compared to binary:
0
1
10
11
100
101
110
111
1000
1001
1010
1011
1100
1101
1111

trinary 4-bit = 60 possibilities of values while binary 4-bit = only sixteen. Interesting.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 03:15 PM   #8
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Default Re: "Trinary" Code

Trinary takes into account an indeterminate state, especially across a group of like items where some are on and some are off. Some Windows controls have a version of this (like checkboxes).

Quantum computing will actually utilize quad states.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 04:02 PM   #9
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Trinary takes into account an indeterminate state, especially across a group of like items where some are on and some are off. Some Windows controls have a version of this (like checkboxes).

Quantum computing will actually utilize quad states.


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its also used to control switching circuits on your computers various busses to decide who gets priority and such like, its called tri-state logic
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Old July 31st, 2005, 04:23 PM   #10
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aww damn...does this mean its going to take a lot more to get A+ certified?....

i just fully understood how to calculate binary numbers...now we have to throw in one more?
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