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edited by       Wolfgang Fichtner
                        Qiuting Huang
                        Heinz Jäckel
                        Hans Melchior
                        George S. Moschytz
                        Gerhard Tröster

Vol. 157



Thomas Villiger

Multi-point Interconnects for Globally-Asynchronous
Locally-Synchronous Systems.

2005; 200 pages. € 64,00. ISBN 3-86628-003-3

Globally-Asynchronous Locally-Synchronous (GALS) architectures are an approach to VLSI system design that combines the advantages of both synchronous and asynchronous design methodologies. The main functionality remains in independently clocked modules, whereas the communication among these modules is handled in a self-timed manner. Multi-point data exchange has become key necessity of modern systems in order to provide the necessary modularity and extendibility. The lack of proven mechanisms for transferring data between multiple modules has been a major impediment for applying the GALS techniques to large designs. This thesis introduces versatile multi-point interconnection schemes which preserve the self-timed operation.

Thomas Villiger received the Dipl. Ing. (MSc) and Dr. sc. techn. (PhD) degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He joined the Integrated Systems Laboratory of ETH in 1998 as a research and teaching assistant in the VLSI design and test group. His research interests embrace all aspects of multi-synchronous systems and data exchange. In 2004, he joined Philips Semiconductors.

Keywords: self-timed, Systems-on-Chip, handshake, low-power, Global Asynchron Lokal Synchron, Synchronisation, Asynchrone Schaltungstechnik

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