Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas F. Piatkowski

Second Advisor

Dr. Ajay Gupta

Third Advisor

Dr. Frank Severance

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Electronic Industries Association (BIA) RS-232-C recommendation is an interface specification which was introduced in August 1969 and presents a natural language specification of a 25 pin binary serial data interface between a Data Communication Equipment (DCE) and a Data Terminal Equipment (DTE). The exchange of data signals between a DCE and a DTE ultimately provides the means for DTEs to communicate on networks of DCEs interconnected by different transmission mediums possibly over great distances. The exchange of data signals between a DCE and a DTE occurs at an interface via interchange circuits.

In this thesis we will create a new specification of a generic EIA RS-232-C interchange circuit using micro State Architecture Notation (μSAN), a formal general system specification language. The μSAN specification developed will provide a formal basis by which to understand, evaluate, and analyze the natural language EIA RS-232-C generic interchange circuit specification. In addition, the merits of μSAN as a specification tool will be tested and evaluated.