Number System and base conversions | Digital Electronics

Electronic and Digital systems may use a variety of different number systems, (e.g. Decimal, Hexadecimal, Octal, Binary).

A number N in base or radix b can be written as:
(N)b = dn-1 dn-2 — — — — d1 d0 . d-1 d-2 — — — — d-m

In the above, dn-1 to d0 is integer part, then follows a radix point, and then d-1 to d-m is fractional part.

dn-1 = Most significant bit (MSB)

d-m = Least significant bit (LSB)



How to convert a number from one base to another?
Follow the example illustrations:

1. Decimal to Binary

(10.25)10

Note: Keep multiplying the fractional part with 2 until decimal part 0.00 is obtained.
(0.25)10 = (0.01)2

Answer: (10.25)10 = (1010.01)2

2. Binary to Decimal

(1010.01)2

1×23 + 0x22 + 1×21+ 0x20 + 0x2 -1 + 1×2 -2 = 8+0+2+0+0+0.25 = 10.25

(1010.01)2 = (10.25)10

3. Decimal to Octal

(10.25)10

(10)10 = (12)8

Fractional part:

0.25 x 8 = 2.00

Note: Keep multiplying the fractional part with 8 until decimal part .00 is obtained.
(.25)10 = (.2)8

Answer: (10.25)10 = (12.2)8

4. Octal to Decimal

(12.2)8
1 x 81 + 2 x 80 +2 x 8-1 = 8+2+0.25 = 10.25

(12.2)8 = (10.25)10

5. Hexadecimal and Binary

To convert from Hexadecimal to Binary, write the 4-bit binary equivalent of hexadecimal.

(3A)16 = (00111010)2
To convert from Binary to Hexadecimal, group the bits in groups of 4 and write the hex for the 4-bit binary. Add 0's to adjust the groups.
1111011011
(001111011011 )2 = (3DB)16



This article is contributed by Kriti Kushwaha.
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