'N-Flop: Re: QUIZ MASTER ( Who is the first?)'
Perhaps not everyone has seen an N-Flop circuit. They're real
cute. An R-S flop can be two cross coupled 2 input NAND gates
one of the inputs is the control pin (R or S) the other feeds
back the output of the OTHER NAND gate. A N-Flop has N
N input NAND gates: 1 pin is again the control input for each
gate and the other N-1 inputs feeds back the outputs of the other
N-1 gates. This uses lots of parts by modern standards but
are internally used in processors to do just the function of the
quiz master: i.e one (ONLY) of several inputs without priority
relationship. I think I saw a discrete implementation in a CDC6400
computer .. They often happen in interrupt circuits to vector to only
one interrupt loc. but without priortisation (and possible lockout).
The analog (analog!!) of this is often faster and uses less silicon.
> I just remembered: the R-S flipflop variant on this was called an 'N-flop'
> works on the same principle.
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