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Are Metastability Monsters Lurking Beneath the Surface?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

taming-mestastability-monstersEvery engineer and technician is aware of Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

The law appears when your elegantly-sculpted hardware and artfully-styled software code bang up against the real world of transition delays and timing requirements.

Over time, designers and trouble-shooters develop a healthy respect for Mr. Murphy and begin to anticipate when he is looking over their shoulder, learning “best practices” for recurring design problems.

The toughest design problems to trouble-shoot are ones that fail intermittently. A hidden flaw seems to pop up randomly with no certain pattern or definable cause.

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