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# Digital Signal Definition

A digital signal translates information using 1s and 0s for reliable data storage in electronics. For example, smartphones use digital signals for communication.

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## Digital vs. Analog Signals

### Fun Facts

• Digital signals store music as a series of ones and zeros.
• GPS satellites send digital signals to provide accurate location data.
• Hard drives store data as magnetized or demagnetized areas representing 1s and 0s.

### Why Do We Need To Know About Digital Signal

Learning about digital signals helps us understand how things like phones, the internet, and storing information work. Digital signals use a series of ones and zeros, which helps messages travel far without losing quality. This is why we can explore space, listen to clear music, and use GPS accurately.

These signals are also why our smartphones and Wi-Fi are so good at keeping us connected. In the world of making software, digital signals are important because they help build and keep up all the apps and websites we use, leading to lots of jobs.

What is the main difference between analog and digital signals?
Analog signals are composed of a continuous range of values, where each point can have a slightly different value. Digital signals are made up of a series of digits that are either 0 or 1.
What is the main advantage that digital signals have over analog signals?
Because the values in a digital signal must be either 0 or 1, the signal can easily be corrected to eliminate noise.
How can an analog signal be converted into a digital signal?
During the process of sampling, measurements are taken along the analog signal, and those measurements are converted to binary code (0s and 1s). The closer together the samples are, the more similar the digital signal is to the analog signal.
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