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Experiment 1 - Feedback

OR gate with feedback.

Consider again an OR gate. In the diagram shown the result Q is connected to the input of the same gate. This is called feedback.

Initially, this logical circuit behaves quite normal...

  • If A = 0, then Q = 0 if, and only if the value of Q had already been 0.
  • Turns A = 1, then Q = 1.

Circuit of an OR gate with feedback. (Enlarge)

So far so good. But now something new happens. You can no longer influence the outcome of Q. No matter what value you put to the input A, the result remains Q = 1...

With the circuit shown you build this "storage unit".

In the next experiment, you look at the second part of Definition: What is a bistable multivibrator?