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Issue No. 07 - July (1991 vol. 40)
ISSN: 0018-9340
pp: 811-826
<p>A formalism in which timing properties of digital hardware may be specified, derived, and formally verified is introduced as a rigorous theory for hardware timing. A rigorous modeling framework has been used to create a family of related verification techniques rather than a single timing analysis tool. This framework is based on a model of interacting finite state machines called CIRCAL, a formalism developed for the purpose of describing and validating complex concurrent systems. In this approach to hardware timing analysis, the presence of a composition operator is all-pervasive. It provides a single, uniform mechanism for describing the behavior of interacting hardware modules and for establishing and describing the timing properties of such modules.</p>
formal description; verification; hardware timing; modeling framework; verification techniques; finite state machines; CIRCAL; finite automata; logic design.

G. Milne, "The Formal Description and Verification of Hardware Timing," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 40, no. , pp. 811-826, 1991.
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