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Exclusion relation of k out of n and the synthesis of speed-independent circuits [asynchronous circuits]

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3 Author(s)
A. Pereira ; Dept. de Electron. e Telecommun., Aveiro Univ., Portugal ; A. R. Borges ; A. Ferrari

The mutual exclusion element (mutex) is a well-known hardware device used to fairly implement a mutual exclusion relation between concurrent entities, for instance in asynchronous circuit design. In this paper we generalize this notion introducing the exclusion relation of k out of n. We then propose a circuit construction, built up from mutex elements, of a hardware component implementing this exclusion relation. Finally, we present an example, in the field of speed independent asynchronous circuits, where this component is used.

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Integrated Circuits and Systems Design, 2003. SBCCI 2003. Proceedings. 16th Symposium on

Date of Conference:

8-11 Sept. 2003