wait state

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wait state definition

architecture
A delay of one or more clock cycles added to a processor's instruction execution time to allow it to communicate with slow external devices. The number and duration of wait states may be pre-configured or they may be controlled dynamically via certain control lines.
(1996-10-16)

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