Meaning of 16-BIT APPLICATION in English

16-BIT APPLICATION

< operating system > Software for MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows which originally ran on the 16-bit Intel 8088 and 80286 microprocessors . These used a segmented address space to extend the range of addresses from what is possible with just a 16-bit address. Programs with more than 64 kilobytes of code or data therefore had to waste time switching between segments . Furthermore, programming with segments is more involved than programming in a flat address space , giving rise to warts like memory models in C and C++ .

Compare 32-bit application .

(1996-04-06)

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