Synchronization Design for Digital Systems

  • Teresa H. Meng

Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 123)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Teresa H. Meng
    Pages 1-9
  3. David G. Messerschmitt
    Pages 11-21
  4. Teresa H. Meng
    Pages 23-65
  5. Teresa H. Meng
    Pages 67-90
  6. Teresa H. Meng
    Pages 91-118
  7. David G. Messerschmitt
    Pages 119-145
  8. Steve M. Nowick, David L. Dill
    Pages 147-172
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-175

About this book


Synchronization is one of the important issues in digital system design. While other approaches have always been intriguing, up until now synchro­ nous operation using a common clock has been the dominant design philo­ sophy. However, we have reached the point, with advances in technology, where other options should be given serious consideration. This is because the clock periods are getting much smaller in relation to the interconnect propagation delays, even within a single chip and certainly at the board and backplane level. To a large extent, this problem can be overcome with care­ ful clock distribution in synchronous design, and tools for computer-aided design of clock distribution. However, this places global constraints on the design, making it necessary, for example, to redesign the clock distribution each time any part of the system is changed. In this book, some alternative approaches to synchronization in digital sys­ tem design are described and developed. We owe these techniques to a long history of effort in both digital system design and in digital communica­ tions, the latter field being relevant because large propagation delays have always been a dominant consideration in design. While synchronous design is discussed and contrasted to the other techniques in Chapter 6, the dom­ inant theme of this book is alternative approaches.


Adaptive Filter Demultiplexer Multiplexer Phase Plesiochron Potential Signal Skew communication complexity computer filter interconnect processor simulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Teresa H. Meng
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6783-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-3990-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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