5 Transistor CMOS AND Gate

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Isaac Webb

Joined Sep 23, 2016
I was getting curious in class and drew the following circuit. Is there a reason this circuit won't work as an AND gate? (if it does, it uses 1 less transistor than the standard AND gate!) The main issue I could see is that it draws current from A when it is on, but wouldn't that be fine in some circumstances?



Joined Feb 24, 2006
For a single gate it might not be such a big deal. What happens if 1 million gates on a single die draw power from A? How about 10 million? How about 100 million? The big advantage of CMOS gates is that they draw almost no quiescent power when they are not switching.