Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) Code

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Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) code

In this code each decimal digit is represented by a 4-bit binary number. BCD is a way to express each of the decimal digits with a binary code. In the BCD, with four bits we can represent sixteen numbers (0000 to 1111). But in BCD code only first ten of these are used (0000 to 1001). The remaining six code combinations i.e. 1010 to 1111 are invalid in BCD.

BCD code

Advantages of BCD Codes

  • It is very similar to decimal system.
  • We need to remember binary equivalent of decimal numbers 0 to 9 only.

Disadvantages of BCD Codes

  • The addition and subtraction of BCD have different rules.
  • The BCD arithmetic is little more complicated.
  • BCD needs more number of bits than binary to represent the decimal number. So BCD is less efficient than binary.
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