• Refers to multiple data bits stored or transmitted simultaneously.  1
  • Transmission of all the bits (e.g. in a character) at the same time. If the character has eight bits, there are eight wires. Faster and more expensive than serial where the eight bits would be sent, “sideways”, one at a time.  2


  1. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  2. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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