# how many and gate pins can I output to?

Joined Dec 8, 2012
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I have finally finished the schematic for my ttl computer. I am using a 74ls and gate to zero the outputs of one register. Since my register is 8 bits, I need to send the zero out signal from my decoder to 8 pins on the and gates. How many pins can a 74ls ic output to without needing a buffer to increase the signal?

#### RichardO

Joined May 4, 2013
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You need to check the specification sheets for both the the and-gate output and the register inputs. The spec's will say how many loads can be driven by the gate and how many loads each register input presents to the gate.

#### tshuck

Joined Oct 18, 2012
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You will need to check the fan-out for the device, and keep in mind that this value is referenced against a test where the input devices are the same family as the output device.

Joined Dec 8, 2012
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I looked at the datasheets again and saw that the input current of the and gates are 20uA per pin and that the decoder outputs 8mA. 20/1000 = 0.02 8/0.02 = 400 So I can output my decoder into 400 and gate pins?

Joined Dec 4, 2009
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400?

Check for high level output current Vs high level input current, and similiarly for low level. The lower of the two!

#### crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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I looked at the datasheets again and saw that the input current of the and gates are 20uA per pin and that the decoder outputs 8mA. 20/1000 = 0.02 8/0.02 = 400 So I can output my decoder into 400 and gate pins?
Not even close. You need to look at the low level (logic 0) input current, which is -0.36mA (minus means the current is coming out of the input). For a low level output maximum sink current of 8mA the maximum fan-out is 8mA / 0.36mA = 22.

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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Typical fan-out for TTL gates all of the same family is 20.