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MetaStable Behaviour in Arbiter Circuits

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Kinniment, Professor Alex Yakovlev, Bin Gao


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In this paper we derive a small signal model of a two input arbiter, and show it can be used to predict the response time of the circuit. This model is extended to circuits with n stable states, and the response of these circuits is demonstrated to be sufficiently simple to build practical circuits and calculate their response times. Finally we compare tree arbiter solutions to the n-input arbitration problem with n-stable solutions, and show that a tree arbiter element based on a tristable MUTEX gives a better performance than the more conventional bistable MUTEX.

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Author(s): Kinniment DJ, Yakovlev A, Gao B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1997

Pages: 15

Print publication date: 01/12/1997

Source Publication Date: December 1997

Report Number: 604

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne