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Introduction

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Most digital systems today are constructed using static CMOS logic and edge-triggered flip-flops. Although such techniques have been adequate in the past and will remain adequate in the future for low-performance designs, they will become increasingly inefficient for high-performance components as the number of gates per cycle dwindles and clock skew becomes a greater problem. Designers will therefore need to adopt circuit techniques that can tolerate reasonable amounts of clock skew without an impact on the cycle time. Transparent latches offer a simple solution to the clock skew problem in static CMOS logic. Unfortunately, ...

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