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Moved this out of the article, it needs to be looked at.

One of the most significant developments of computer architecture was the discovery that binary numbers were the least expensive form for electronic storage.

Two different approaches to registers have been pursued.

The first was to have an electronically-controlled switch for each possible state of each digit of the register. Any one switch, when on, turns off all the other switches. This system is stable, and is standard engineering practice.

The other method is to map several states to the charge in one capacitor. This approach can sometimes be used to save money. For example, most digital cameras use a charge coupled device as their sensor.


Well, I explained the logic, and put the text back in. It's the truth, really. Ray Van De Walker

It looks better now, thanks for rewording it. -- mike dill


I think the stuff about mapping several states to the charge in a capacitor is really more relevant for an article on memory technologies, myself. AFAIK (and I'm not a hardware expert, admittedly), registers have been implemented using switch logic for at least the microprocessor era and probably longer. --Robert Merkel