50 Circuits Using 7400 Series IC's

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The 7400 Series IC's are one of the most freely obtainable, inexpensive and versatile range of devices available to the home constructor.

The author of this guide, Mr. R.N. Soar, has compiled 50 interesting and useful circuits using this range of devices, covering many different aspects of electronics.

Ingenuity is the only limitation to the uses that this incredible family of IC's can be put to and it is hoped that the 50 circuits contained in this guide will not only prove useful in themselves but, also, serve to fire the imagination of the reader to develop his own applications.

An essential addition to the library of all those interested in electronics be they amateur or professional.


Introduction [this page; see below TOC]

Circuit 1. Inverter or NOT Gate

Circuit 2. AND Gate

Circuit 3. OR Gate

Circuit 4. NOR Gate

Circuit 5. Logic Level Indicator

Circuit 6. Bistable Latch (S.R. Flip -Flop)

Circuit 7. S.R. Flip -Flop Rectangular Wave Generator

Circuit 8. Switch Contact Bounce Eliminator

Circuit 9. Manual Clock

Circuit 10. S.R. Flip -Flop Memory

Circuit 11. Clock Controlled Flip -Flop

Circuit 12. High Speed Pulse Indicator and Detector

Circuit 13. "Snap!" Indicator

Circuit 14. Low Frequency Audio Oscillator

Circuit 15. Twin LED Flasher

Circuit 16. Fuse Tester

Circuit 17. Stroboscope

Circuit 18. Low Hysteresis Schmitt Trigger

Circuit 19. Fundamental Frequency Crystal Oscillator

Circuit 20. Two Bit Decoder

Circuit 21. Two Bit Decoder (Simplified)

Circuit 22. Photo Sensitive Latching

Circuit 23. Twin Tone Audio Oscillator

Circuit 24. Crystal Clock Oscillator

Circuit 25. Switched Oscillator

Circuit 26. Phase Detector

Circuit 27. RF Attenuator

Circuit 28. Reference Frequency Switch

Circuit 29. Switch Contact Bounce Eliminator

Circuit 30. Two Bit Data Check

Circuit 31. Binary Half Adder

Circuit 32. NOR Gate Half Adder

Circuit 33. NOR Gate Full Adder

Circuit 34. Simple Signal Injector

Circuit 35. Simple Amplifier 51

Circuit 36. Low Speed Clock

Circuit 37. Exclusive OR Gate

Circuit 38. Divide by Six 7490 Circuit

Circuit 39. 74121 Pulse Generator

Circuit 40. Logic Switch

Circuit 41. Binary Display

Circuit 42. Binary Counter

Circuit 43. Signal Injector

Circuit 44. 1 Microsecond Delay Circuit

Circuit 45. Simple 5v Power Supply and 50hz Square Wave Generator

Circuit 46. Logical Puzzle

Circuit 47. Half Adder Design

Circuit 48. Divide by 4 In Quadrature Outputs Circuit

Circuit 49. Experimenters V.C.O.

Circuit 50. Shift Register

List of I.C. Types Used [this page; see below TOC]

Acknowledgements [this page; see below TOC]


This guide contains 50 circuits using the 7400 and other 7400 series I.C.s. It is based on the 1979 book shown above.

The ultra low cost of I.C.s now means that the limitation on building circuits is not the cost of the active devices but the cost of associated capacitors, resistors and connecting wire.

The I.C.s 7400 and the 7413 are 14 -pin D.I.L. I.C.s, i.e. "14 pin Dual In Line Integrated Circuits", pin 14 is the power connection or V+ and pin 7 is the power supply negative, ground or 0 -volt connection. The power connections to pins 14 and 7 are not included on the figures to simplify the drawing but don't forget to wire them up, otherwise the circuit won't work! The circuits all function from a 4 1/2 -volt or 6 -volt battery supply although the nominal voltage is 5 volts. A mains powered 5 -volt stabilized supply is available from several sources. The savings on costs as against using batteries are vast.

Although some bargain price 7400 I.C.s are sold as "below standard" please remember that the standards set are very high. Part functional I.C.s are also available at very low cost.

The 7400 is a four -gate I.C. (see figure 1), but many circuits use only 2 or 3 gates so that a part functional I.C. can be used for these.

The four gates of a 7400 are identical:

Gate A pins 1,2 inputs, pin 3 output Gate B pins 4,5 inputs, pin 6 output Gate C pins 10,9 inputs, pin 8 output Gate D pins 13,12 inputs, pin 11 output The circuit figure may show an oscillator using gates A and B but there is no reason why the oscillator cannot be built using gates A and C, B and C or C and D if the other gates are non-functional.

For permanent use the circuits can be soldered on 0.1" matrix veroboard. A small bit 15W soldering iron is essential.

Figure 1. 7400 I.C. logic figure.

Figure 1 shows the logic circuit of the 7400 I.C.

Figure 2 shows the logic symbol for one gate, each gate is a "Two Input NAND Gate".

Figure 2. 7400 2 input NAND gate.

The circuit figure of a single gate is shown in Fig. 3. The 7400 is a T.T.L. logic I.C., i.e. it uses "Transistor-Transistor Logic". Each gate uses 4 transistors, each 7400 contains 4 x 4= 16 transistors.

Figure 3. 2 input NAND gate internal circuit.

The logic gates have two states, based on the binary system, 1 or "High" nominally 4 volts and 0 (zero) or "Low" nominally 0 volts. If a gate lead is unconnected this is equivalent to a 1 input, i.e. an unconnected gate lead is at "high" level. If a gate input lead is "grounded', i.e. connected to 0 volts the input is then 0.

The NAND gate is a "NOT AND" gate if both inputs (and function) are at logic 1, output is NOT 1. NOT 1 corresponds to zero, i.e. output is logic 0. If both inputs are logic 0, out put is logic not 0, i.e. logic 1. It may be less easy to under stand why the output is 1 when inputs are 0 and 1 or 1 and 0.

However, consider it this way. The output with 2 inputs of 0 is 1. For a change of state an AND function has to take place, i.e. both inputs have to change for a change of state - this only occurs when both inputs change from 0 to 1. The 7400 gates are 2 input NAND gates but 3 input NAND gates 7410 I.C., 4 input NAND gales 7420 and even an 8 input NAND gate 7430 are available for the 7430 and its 8 input gate to change state each one of the 8 inputs must be either 1 or 0.

If the 8 inputs to the 7430 are 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0 the output is 1. The change of state does not take place until all 8 inputs are the same when the final input changes from 0 to 1 the output then changes to 0. The idea of a "change of state" is an important one in understanding the function of logic circuits.

The number of pins on the logic I.C.s is usually 14 or 16. A 7400 has four NAND gates, 3 connections each plus power supply connections = 14. The larger number of inputs for 3 input NAND gates, 4 input NAND gates and the 8 input NAND gate requiring the use of more connections for each gate means that the I.C. 7410 contains only three 3 -input NAND gates. "Triple 3 input NAND gate" describes the 7410.

The I.C. 7420 contains only two 4 -input NAND gates - "Dual 4 input NAND gate" - and the I.C. 7430 contains only one 8 -input NAND gate.

Although the 7400 contains NAND gates by connecting up the NAND gates in various ways, it is possible to form other types of gate:

(1) an inverter or "NOT" gate (2) an AND gate (3) an OR gate (4) NOR gate.

The computer manufacturers use I.C.s specially made for the job. The 7402 is similar to the 7400 but contains four NOR gates. Just as NAND is "NOT AND", NOR is "NOT OR".

The 7400 is a very versatile I.C. as can be seen by the number of circuits in the applications manual. To help understand the function of a NAND gate a TRUTH table is shown for a 2 input NAND gate. Similar truth tables can be constituted for any logic gate. The truth table for an 8 input gate such as the 7430 is more complicated.

--------- 2 input NAND gate truth table.

Figure 4

7400 Test Circuit (see figure 4)

With pins 1 and 2 unconnected the logic levels are inputs 1, 1, output 0. Connect pin 1 to 0 volts. Inputs are 1, 0, output 1 LED glows. Connect pin 2 to 0 volts (pin 1 disconnected).

Inputs are 0, 1, output 1 LED glows. Connect pins 1 and 2 to 0 volts. Inputs are 0, 0, output 1 LED glows.

The red LED (light emitting diode) glows to indicate logic level 1. If LED is not illuminated this indicates logic level 0.

The test can be repeated with gates B, C and D.

Note to constructors: all the circuits shown use 14W 5% resistors - all electrolytic capacitors are 16 -volt working.

If a circuit is not working check the connections -- a faulty I.C. is far less likely than faulty wiring.


The author would like to thank the following companies for help and information given while preparing the material for this guide.

Codespeed Ltd.

Concept Electronics Ltd.

National Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

P.B. Electronics ( Scotland) Ltd.

Vero Electronics Ltd.




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