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Clocked (synchronous) and self-timed (asynchronous) represent the two prinicipal methodologies associated with timing control and synchronization of digital systems. In this paper, clocked and the asynchronous instruction pipelines are modeled and compared. The approach which yields the best performance is dependent on technology parameters, operating range and pipeline algorithm characteristics. Design curves are presented which permit selection of the best approach for a given application and technology environment.
Franklin, Mark A. and Pan, Tienyo, "Clocked and Asynchronous Instruction Pipelines" Report Number: WUCS-93-32 (1993). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.