asynchronous transmission

Definitions

Computing

  • noun data transmission that uses handshaking signals rather than clock signals to synchronize data pulses

Electronics

  • data transmission that occurs intermittently rather than in a steady stream. Each character has its own start and stop bits and is sent individually without being synchronized by timing signals. This contrasts with a synchronous transmission, which occurs in a steady stream and is synchronized by timing signals. Also called asynchronous data transmission, or start/stop transmission.
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