Metastability is a critical SoC failure mode that occurs at the interface between clocked and clockless systems. It's a risk that must be carefully managed as the industry moves to increasingly dense designs at 28nm and below. Blendics is an emerging technology company that I have been working with recently, their MetaACE
product can be used throughout the design flow starting with foundation IP.
For standard cells, there are at least three groups that benefit from MetaACE
- The designer of the standard-cell synchronizer