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Meaning of ASYNCHRONOUS

Pronunciation:  ey'singkrunus

 
Matching Terms:  asynchronous balanced mode, asynchronous communications interface adapter, asynchronous logic, asynchronous operation, asynchronous transfer mode

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 Definition: 

Not synchronised by a shared signal such as clock or semaphore, proceeding independently.

Opposite: synchronous.

1. A process in a multitasking system whose execution can proceed independently, "in the background". Other processes may be started before the asynchronous process has finished.

2. A communications system in which data transmission may start at any time and is indicated by a start bit, e.g. eia-232. A data byte (or other element defined by the protocol) ends with a stop bit. A continuous marking condition (identical to stop bits but not quantized in time), is then maintained until data resumes.

 

 

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