Issue No.06 - November/December (1987 vol.4)
Lindsay Kleeman , University of Newcastle, New South Wales
Antonio Cantoni , University of Newcastle, New South Wales
Fault-free digital circuits may malfunction when asynchronous inputs have critical timing combinations that result in metastableoperation. This mode of failure is often overlooked in digital system design and reliability analysis. Here, we survey developmentsin the study of metastable behavior and identify their relevance to digital system design and reliability, and we describeand evaluate a number of techniques for reducing the probability of metastable failure.
Lindsay Kleeman, Antonio Cantoni, "Metastable Behavior in Digital Systems", IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol.4, no. 6, pp. 4-19, November/December 1987, doi:10.1109/MDT.1987.295189