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Asynchronous Datapaths and the Design of an Asynchronous Adder

By Alain J. Martin


This paper presents a general method for designing delay insensitive datapath circuits. Its emphasis is on the formal derivation of a circuit from its specification. We discuss the properties required in a code that is used to transmit data asynchronously, and we introduce such a code. We introduce a general method (in the form of a theorem) for distributing the evaluation of a function over a number of concurrent cells. This method requires that the code be "distributive." We apply the method to the familiar example of a ripple-carry adder, and we give a CMOS implementation of the adder. 1 Introduction A circuit is said to be delay-insensitive when its correct operation is independent of the delays in the operators and in the wires, except that these delays are positive and finite. Obviously, such circuits do not use clocks for the sequencing of actions, and are therefore a special class of asynchronous circuits. Delay-insensitive circuits are interesting for two main reaso..

Year: 1991
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