Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

CPS may refer to any of the following:

1. Short for characters per second, CPS is a data transfer rate estimated from the bit rate and the character length. For example, at 2400 bps, 8-bit characters with start/stop bits (for a total of ten bits per character) are transmitted at a rate of approximately 240 characters per second (cps).

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2. CPS or characters per second can also refer to how fast a printer can print. Other measurements of a printer include LPM and PPM.

3. Short for cost per sale, CPS is where an advertiser only pays if a sale is made.

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