Synchronous

asynchronous vs. synchronous communications

)Occurring at regular intervals. The opposite of synchronous is asynchronous. Most communication between computers and devices is asynchronous — it can occur at any time and at irregular intervals. Communication within a computer, however, is usually synchronous and is governed by the microprocessor clock. Signals along the bus, for example, can occur only at specific points in the clock cycle.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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