MetaStable Behaviour in Arbiter Circuits

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Author(s)Kinniment DJ, Yakovlev A, Gao B
Publication type Report
Series TitleDepartment of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Source Publication DateDecember 1997
Report Number604
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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.
InstitutionDepartment of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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