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A '''buffer''' is [[memory]] that temporarily holds [[data]]. Buffers are used to offset differences between the operating speeds of different devices, such as a [[printer]] and a [[computer]].
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A '''buffer''' is [[memory]] that temporarily holds [[data]]. Buffers are used to offset differences between the operating speeds of different devices, such as a [[printer]] and a [[computer]]. Buffers are used for many purposes, such as (a) [[interconnect]]ing two [[digital]] circuits operating at different rates, (b) holding [[data]] for use at a later time, (c) allowing timing corrections to be made on a [[data stream]], (d) collecting [[binary data]] [[bit]]s into groups that can then be operated on as a unit, (e) delaying the transit time of a signal in order to allow other operations to occur.
   
 
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A buffer is memory that temporarily holds data. Buffers are used to offset differences between the operating speeds of different devices, such as a printer and a computer. Buffers are used for many purposes, such as (a) interconnecting two digital circuits operating at different rates, (b) holding data for use at a later time, (c) allowing timing corrections to be made on a data stream, (d) collecting binary data bits into groups that can then be operated on as a unit, (e) delaying the transit time of a signal in order to allow other operations to occur.