Single-track handshake signaling with application to micropipelines and handshake circuits

Conference Contribution

Berkel, van, C.H. & Bink, A.J. (1996). Single-track handshake signaling with application to micropipelines and handshake circuits. Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Advanced Research in Asynchronous Circuits and Systems (ASYNC'96, Fukushima, Japan, March 18-21, 1996) (pp. 122-133). New York: IEEE Computer Society.

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Abstract

 

Single-track handshake signaling is using the same wire for request and acknowledge signaling. After each 2-phase handshake the wire is back in its initial state. A sequence of three protocol definitions suggests both a design method for single-track circuits and a trade-off between their robustness and their cost/performance. Single-track handshake signaling is applied to micropipelines and to handshake circuits, including a successful redesign of an existing rate-converter IC. The practical merits are not yet clear, but may include improved performance