- a unit of signaling speed in telegraphic code
- a unit of data-transmission speed equal to the number of changes per second in a signal
- loosely the number of bits per second transmitted in a given computer system
Origin of baudafter J. M. E. Baudot (1845-1903), French inventor
Origin of baudAfter Jean Maurice Emile Baudot, (1845–1903), French engineer.
(countable and uncountable, plural bauds)
baud - Computer Definition
The signaling rate of a line, which is the number of transitions (voltage or frequency changes) that are created per second. The term has often been erroneously used to specify bits per second (bps). However, only at very low speeds is baud equal to bps; for example, 300 baud is the same as 300 bps. Beyond that, one baud can be made to represent more than one bit. For example, a V.22bis modem generates 1,200 bps at 600 baud. See baudot code, baud barf and modem.