Technology Summary

Circuit designers sometimes need to merge multiple independent asynchronous data streams into a single data stream— but the latest asynchronous data pipeline styles cannot accomplish time-division multiplexing (TDM).

The Invention

CONFLUX achieves asynchronous TDM by means of a novel arbitration circuit using level signaling instead of transitional signaling.


Asynchronous TDM is useful in any high-speed communication scenario in which there are multiple data sources all attempting to reach a single data destination.

Applications and Industries

  • Multiprocessor architectures
  • USB-like hubs
  • Distributed Sensing Systems like automobiles and airplanes


Category: Computers & Information Science

Tags and keywords: Time Division Multiplexing, TDM, Asynchronous, Data stream, Data pipeline, Automotive, Transportation


Invention Details

Patent Status: Patent pending

Aaron G Sauers, CLP
Fermilab, MS 312 – PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510