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Logic Families
Logic families  The set of compatible ICs with the same logic levels and same supply voltages fabricated to perform the various logic functions is known as logic family.
Logic Families
Based on the fabrication technology, logic families are classified into two types
. bipolar logic family
. unipolar logic family
Unipolar logic family
In unipolar logic families, unipolar devices are the ked elements. the examples of unipolar families include PMOS, NMOS and CMOS.
Bipolar logic family
in bipolar logic families, transistors and diodes are used as ked elements. on the basis of operations of transistors in ICs. bipolar logic families are further classified as
. saturated bipolar logic families
. unsaturated bipolar logic families
in saturated bipolar logic families, transistors work in saturation region. thus the speed of saturated bipolar logic family is low. examples of saturated bipolar logic families are
. resistor – transistor logic
. direct coupled transistors logic
. integrated injection logic
. diode-transistor logic
. high-threshold logic
. transistor -transistor logic
in non-saturated bipolar logic families, rate transistors operate in active region. the speed of non-saturated bipolar logic families is high as compared to saturated logic families. example of unsaturated bipolar logic families are
. schottky transistor -transistor logic
. emitter – coupled logic
the transistor is one of the key elements used in logic families. one of the important applications of the transistor is the switch.
Transistor as a Switch
Transistor is one of the basic elements of logic families. it operates as a switch. in switching circuits, transistors operate in cut-off or saturation region. the cut-off condition is referred to as switch-off and saturation is referred to as switch-on.
in the cut-off region, both emitter and collector junctions are in reverse bias condition and only reverse current flows in the transistor which is negligible.
in the saturation region, both emitter and collector junctions are in forward bias condition.
The circuit of a transistor working as a switch is shown in figure.
in the cut-off region, collector current IC = 0
When the transistor is operating in cut-off, the output is equal to VCC and it is referred to as high (logic 1).
in the saturation region
When the transistor is operating in saturation, the ouput is equal to VCE(SAT) and it is referred to as low (logic 0).
Characteristics of Digital ICs
The selection of a logic family for a particular application is based on its characteristics. following are the parameters used to compare the performance of digital ICs :

  1. speed of operation
  2. power dissipation
  3. figure of merit
  4. curent to voltage parameters
  5. noise immunity
  6. fan-out
  7. fan-in
  8. power supply requirements
  9. operating temperature

Speed of Operation
Speed of operation is specified in terms of propagtion delay time. it is the average of propagation delay time from high to low state and low to high state.
The delay times are measured between 50% voltage levels of input and output waveforms.
tp = tphl + tplh/2
tPHL. = The delay time measured, when output changes from high to low state.
tPLH = The delay time measured, when output changes from low to high state.
Power Dissiption
In electronic circuits, every circuit requires a certain amount of electric power for its operation whenever an extermal source is connected to the electronic circuits, some power is dissipated in electronic circuits. power dissipation should be as minimum as possible. it is the product of input voltage and input current.
Example 1. A digital gete has an input voltage VCC equal to 5 V. The input current is 2 mA for high output and 3.4 mA for fow output. find the power dissipated for 50% duty cycle.
Sol.  Average value of input current
= 2 + 3.4 / 2 = 2.7 mA
power dissipation = 5 x 2.7 = 13.5 mW
Figure of Merit
Figure of merit is a product of propagation delay and power dissipation. it is measured in terms of pico-joules (ms x mW = pJ).
Current and Voltage Parameters
Current and voltage parameters define the minimum and maximum limit of current and voltage for input and output of a logic family.
VIH (High level input voltage) it is the minimum input voltage corresponding to logic 1 state.
VIL (Low level input voltage) it is the maximum input voltage corresponding to logic 0 state.
VOH (High level output voltage) it is the minimum output voltage corresponding to logic 1 state.
VOL (Low level output voltage) it is the maximum output voltage corresponding to logic 0 state.
IIH (High level input voltage) it is the minimum input curent corresponding to logic 1 state.
IIL (Low level input current) it is the maximum input current corresponding to logic 0 state.
IOH (High level output current) it is the minimum input current corresponding to logic 0 state. this current is also referred to as source current.
Iol (Low level output current) it is the maximum output current corresponding to logic 0 state. it is also referred to as the sink current.
Noise Immunity
The noise immunity of digital circuit is defined as the ability of a circuit to tolerate the noise signals. A quantitativae measure of noise immunity is known as noise margin. logic 1 state noise margin and logic 0 state noise marrgin can be calculated as
Logic 1 state noise margin
Logic 0 state noise margin
0 = VIL – VOL
It is important that for logic familise
Example 2.  A NOT gate has VIL = 0.8 V, VIH = 2.5 V, VOH = 0.4 V, VOH = 3.6 V. If two such gates are cascaded, find the low and high noise margins.
Sol. high noise margin
= 3.6 – 2.5 = 1.1 V
Low noise margin
0 = VIL – VOL
= 0.8 – 0.4 = 0.4 V
fan-out is the capability of a logic gate to drive the maximum number of similar gates. fan-out of a logic family can be calculated as
fan-out = minimum of {IOH/IIH , IOL/IIL }
it is the maximum number of inputs which the logic circuit can handle.
Power Supply Requirements
Every electronic circuit requires supply voltage to operate. this refers to the maximum value of the input voltage and the amount of power required.
Operating Temperature
The operating temperature is defined as the range of temperature in which as IC functioning properly. for commercial and industrial applications, the temperature limits of digital ICs are 00C to 700C and for militancy applications the range is – 550C to 1250C.
Resistor – Transistor Logic
As the name indicates this family uses resistors and transistors. in RTL, transistor operate in cut-off region or saturation region according to the input applied.
Figure shown circuit of a two-inputs resistor-transistor logic NOR gate. here, A and B are the inputs of the gate and Y is the output.
in terms of 0 and 1, the above table can be written as in table (b).
The RTL suffers from a few drawbacks as listed below.

  1. low noise margin (typically 0.1 v).
  2. fan-out is poor (typically 5)
  3. propagation delay is high and the speed of operation is low (typically 12 ns).
  4. high power dissipation (typiacally 12 mW).

Direct Coupled Transistor logic Circuit (DCTL)
In direct coupled transistors logic input is directly coupled to the transistor base. in DCTL, the transistor operates in saturation or cut-off region.
The DCTL, circuit works in similar manner as RTL. it is not popular because of current hogging.
Diode Transistor Logic
This logic uses diodes and transistors. the figure shows the circuit of low inputs diode transistor logic NAND gate.
In DTL, the transistors operates in saturation and cut-off regions.
the operation of the circuit is summarized in table (a).
in terms of 0 and 1, table (a) can be written as in table (b).
These are the advantages and disadvantages of DTL over RTL.

  1. fan-out is high.
  2. power dissipation is 8-12 mW.
  3. noise immunity is good


  1. more elements are required.
  2. propagation delay is more (typically 30 ns) and hence,the speed of operation is less.

Modified Diode-Transistor logic
Generally, more fan-out gates are preferred for most of the applications. the fan-out of a logic gate is increased by increasing the current supply of the gate (source current).
Replacement of diode D3 by the transistor T1 increases the base current of the transistor and the circuit is referred as a modiffed diode-transistor logic . the modified diode-transistor logic has more fan-out as compared to DTL. the circuit diagram of a modified diode-transistor logic is shown in figure.
Transistor – Transistor Logic (TTL)
Transistor -transistor logic is one of the generally used saturated logic families. transistor is the basic element of this logic family and can operates either in out-off or saturated region. the first version of TTL is named as the standard TTL.
Standard TTLs are available in various forms

  1. TTL with passive pull-up
  2. TTL with totem-pole output
  3. TTL with open collector output
  4. Tristate TTL.

TTL with Passive Pull-up
Figure shows a two-input TTL NAND gate with passive pull-up. transistor t1 has two emitter terminals. these terminals work as the inputs of the gate i.e., input A and input B. the input voltages are logic 0 or logic 1, where logic 0 corresponds to 0.2 V and logic 1 corresponds to +5 V.
The operation of the circuit is summarized in table (a).
In terms of 0 and 1, table (a) can be written as follows:
Passive Pull-up
When both inputs are high, the transistor T3 operates in saturation region VO = VCE SAT and the capacitor of loaded gate is charged up to VCE, SAT. When one or more than one inputs change to logic 0, the corresponding emitter junction or junctions of T1 are forward biased and T3 goes into cut-off. the capacitor of the loaded gate starts charging towards VCC through the resistor RC3 as shown in figure.
the capacitor of the loaded gate is pulled towards VCC through the passive component RC3 and hence, the circuit is known as TTL with passive pull-up.
in TTL with passive pull-up, the time constant is RC3 x C0.