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Synchronous Transmission - Telecommunications

A data transmission technique in which the sending and the receiving stations are held in synchronization with each other for the duration of a transmission of a block of data or for the entire transmission. Synchronization is maintained either by high accuracy clocks at both ends of the line or by timing signals included in the transmitted data. The primary alternative to synchronous transmission is asynchronous transmission, which the sending and receiving stations remain in synch only for the duration of a single character.