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On a serial data link characters are transmitted data rate of 9600 baud. if characters are 8 bits and there is one start bit and one stop bit per character, then what is the number of characters transmitted per second.

Can someone explain to me how to get the answer.The given question is a multiple choice question (MCQ), so a short answer would work.Thanks in advance

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You will have 8 + 1 + 1 = 10 bits per character. With 9600 baud, meaning bits/s, this means you can send 9600 bits/s / 10 bits/character = 960 characters/s.

Note, if a parity bit is used, 11 bits per character should be used for the calculation above.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks a lot!This was very helpful! \$\endgroup\$ – sam Jun 4 at 8:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please upvote if the answer is helpful (and accept if it solves your problem). \$\endgroup\$ – Michel Keijzers Jun 4 at 8:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, about that. But my reputation is less than 15 \$\endgroup\$ – sam Jun 4 at 8:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ No problem .. thanks for the accept \$\endgroup\$ – Michel Keijzers Jun 4 at 8:31
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