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Area and computation time are considered to be important measures with which VLSI circuits are evaluated. In this paper, the area-time complexity for nontrivial n-input m-output Boolean functions, such as a decoder and an encoder, is studied with a model similar to Brent-Kung's model. A lower bound on area-time-product (ATαaα.≥1) for these functions is shown: for example, ATα= ω(2n. nα-l) for an n-input 2V-output decoder, and ATα= ω( n . logα-1n) for an n-input ⌈log n⌉-output encoder. The results shown in this paper are complementary to those by Brent-Kung or Thompson, and are useful for a class of functions of rather simple structures, e.g., a priority encoder, a comparator, and symmetric functions.