Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,024 megabytes (230 bytes).
  • n. One billion bytes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 109, one billion (1,000,000,000) bytes, as opposed to a gibibyte. SI symbol: GB
  • n. Imprecisely, a gibibyte or 10243 (1,073,741,824) bytes. SI symbol: GiB, computing symbol: GB.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of information equal to 1024 mebibytes or 2^30 (1,073,741,824) bytes
  • n. a unit of information equal to 1000 megabytes or 10^9 (1,000,000,000) bytes

Etymologies

giga- +‎ byte (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those who mainly do Web surfing or e-mail have little reason to pay attention to the traffic caps: a gigabyte is about 3,000 Web pages, or 15,000 e-mails without attachments.

    Time Warner Cable Begins Testing Metered Internet In Texas - The Consumerist

  • Albert Fert (born March 7, 1938) is a French physicist and one of the discoverers of giant magnetoresistance which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks. binaryspiral

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - This is awesome: FERT in the wild!

  • The ISPs' costs, however, to deliver a marginal gigabyte, which is about an hour of viewing, from one of our regional interchange points over their last mile wired network to the consumer is less than a penny, and falling, so there is no reason that pay-per-gigabyte is economically necessary.

    Ars Technica

  • They're also many times more expensive per gigabyte, which is why you don't see SSD technology in every computer on the market -- yet.

    Fool.com Headlines

  • The gibibyte is closely related to the gigabyte, which is defined as 109 bytes =

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • Ten years later, the cost was $1.15 per gigabyte, meaning that the cost had fallen by nearly a factor of 1000.

    Moore's Law for Storage, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The ISPs’ costs, however, to deliver a marginal gigabyte, which is about an hour of viewing, from one of our regional interchange points over their last mile wired network to the consumer is less than a penny, and falling, so there is no reason that pay-per-gigabyte is economically necessary.

    Canada rethinks metered Internet, as U.S. pushes ahead

  • Benaim recalled trying to create a scent that captured the idea "gigabyte" for a special issue of

    Fast Company

  • As I move to having more and more machines on my internal LAN, I felt the time had finally come that I sit down, and rebuild my network to take advantage of things such as gigabyte networking, LDAP, single-user sign on, and so forth.

    Planet Ubuntu

  • Its 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi version is priced at $499, the same as the 9.7-inch iPad.

    iPad challengers on display at Taiwan trade show

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