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Going Beyond Worst-Case Specs with TEAtime
March 2004 (vol. 37 no. 3)
pp. 51-56
Augustus K. Uht, University of Rhode Island

Virtually all engineers use worst case component specifications for new system designs, thereby ensuring that the resulting product will operate under worst-case conditions. However, given that most systems operate under typical operating conditions that rarely approach the demands of worstcase conditions, building such robust systems incurs a significant performance cost. Further, classic worst-case designs do not adapt to variations in either manufacturing or operating conditions.

A timing-error-avoidance prototype provides a circuit and system solution to these problems for synchronous digital systems. TEAtime has demonstrated much better performance than classicallydesigned systems and also adapts well to varying temperature and supply-voltage conditions.

Citation:
Augustus K. Uht, "Going Beyond Worst-Case Specs with TEAtime," Computer, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 51-56, March 2004, doi:10.1109/MC.2004.1274004
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