The AsyncArt project is an Open-Source initiative targeted to empower the widespread adoption of asynchornous logic as a way to use the state-of-the-art electronics in a more efficient way.
Asynchronous logic design, if used in a smart way, can improve a concrete electronic design in many critical ways:
- Performance: each hardware block can run as fast as possible.
- Low-Power: latches/Flip-flops trigger & clock signals pulse only when necesary
- Low-EMI: without global synchronous clock, EMI radiaton spreads along the frequencies
- Rugged: self-timed circuits are able to adapt their behaviour in response to environment changes
The core of this project is the N-Protocol, an Open-Source HDL library of IP-Cores intended for the efficient implementation of Globaly Asynchronous, Locally Synchronous (GALS) designs over commertial-of-the-shelf (COTS) FPGAs.
By assuring that the N-Protocol code will always be open, portable and free, the AsyncArt project aims to reduce the learning gap between mainline synchronous design & asynchronous methodologies.
The validation of the N-Protocol has been conducted with the technical & material support of the Communication, Signal & Microwaves Research group of the Public University of Navarre.
The comertial interest of the N-protocol in the industry & its potential applications have been studied with the support of the Navarran European Business Innovation Centre (CEIN).