Definition of state machine in English:

state machine

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noun

Electronics
  • A device which can be in one of a set number of stable conditions depending on its previous condition and on the present values of its inputs.
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    • In addition, the analog-to-digital converter includes a state machine operable to receive outputs from the comparators and generate a digital output value.
    • A memory control circuit for controlling a memory bus and a memory includes buffers, counters, data transfer circuits, and a bus arbiter having a state machine.
    • In order to be as flexible as possible, and not to limit the programmer to a set of predefined conditions, the packet-filtering engine is actually implemented as a state machine running a user-defined program.

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