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A bitstream or bit stream is a time series of bits. A bytestream is a series of bytes, typically of 8 bits each, and can be regarded as a special case of a bitstream.

Bitstreams are used extensively in telecommunications and computing: for example, the SDH communications technology transports synchronous bitstreams, and the Transmission Control ProtocolTCP[?] communications protocol transports a bytestream without synchronous timing.

Bitstream is also the name of a type foundry[?] that produces digital typefaces (fonts). Founded in 1981 by, among others, Matthew Carter and Mike Parker[?], it claims to be the oldest such company. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Besides building a library of "classic" fonts (usually under different names for trademark reasons), Bitstream has developed a number of fonts itself. The Bitstream font collection is most widely used through its inclusion with the Corel Draw software. In addition, Bitstream has developed font technology, mostly for portable devices.

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