asynchronous transmission



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


  • 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.