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

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