[time-nuts] GPS lock of the FE5680. Current experiment and question

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Sat Feb 11 02:19:53 UTC 2012

> Flip-flops hardened against metastability are available.

Do you have a part number in mind?

The only data sheet that I remember for a part that looked interesting was 
actually 2 FFs inside one package.  For something like that, you save the 
prop time of the output driver and the input receiver relative to a classic 
pair of FFs.  That should be a significant improvement relative to the 
classic pair of FFs.  Other than that, the parts I remember were nothing 
special.  Maybe the designers actually understood metastability and did some 
testing and wrote a data sheet with promises.  I don't remember the details.


There is no cure for metastability.  You can only make the probability lower.

There are two ways to make things better.  One is to get faster logic and run 
it at the old clock rate.  The other is to wait longer.

If you wait long enough, you can make the probability low enough, as in a 
MTBF of greater than the age of the universe.

Modern high speed logic has a (much) faster settling time which makes the 
window smaller, but then we run the whole system at a faster clock rate so 
the probability of events per second stays roughly the same.

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