Buffers

Buffers, also known as logic buffers are semiconductor IC (integrated circuit) that are constructed of two inverters that are back to back providing a basic logic gate that passes its input, unchanged, to its output. Buffer ICs are also available in both inverting and non-inverting.

How do buffers work?

The primary purpose of a buffer IC is to regenerate the input, primarily using a strong low and high and also to regenerate weak output from non-restoring logic. They are also used to increase the propagation delay of circuits by driving the large capacitive load.

Buffers also feature transceivers and drivers that are used to regenerate the input utilising a strong high and a strong low. Buffer gates serve as an amplifier of a weak signal source is cant source a lot of current whilst increasing the current capacity of the signal so as to be able to drive a load.

Types of buffers

Buffers are available with a variety of configurations such as variations on the number of channels available, supporting a variety of different inputs and outputs such as CMOS, DTL (Diode-Transistor Logic) and single-ended and providing support for a range of logic families such as HC, HEF and TTL. Buffers are also available in combination with a converter.

Another type of buffer that is available is Bus buffers. A bus buffer is an IC that connects multiple data sources to a single bus. The open drivers can be selected to be either a logical high, a logical low, or high impedance which allows other buffers to drive the bus. Like buffers, variations of bus buffers are available such as support for different logic families, inputs, outputs as well as the number of pins configured on the IC.

Bus buffers are used in applications such as TV and video equipment, industrial controls and portable equipment.

Application

Buffers have a wide range of application use such as;

  • Automatic test equipment
  • Board test systems
  • Instrumentation and characterization equipment
  • Semiconductor test systems

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Description Price Logic Family Logic Function IC Type Number of Channels Schmitt Trigger Input Input Type Output Type Polarity Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Maximum High Level Output Current Maximum Low Level Output Current Maximum Propagation Delay Time @ Maximum CL
RS Stock No. 816-8763
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G17GV,125
BrandNexperia
MYR0.818
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LVC Buffer - 1 Yes Schmitt Trigger Single Ended Non-Inverting Surface Mount SC-74A 5 -32mA 32mA 14ns
RS Stock No. 153-2818
Mfr. Part No.74HCT3G07DP-Q100H
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MYR1.009
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74HCT Buffer - 3 - TTL Open Drain Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 8 - 4mA 32 ns @ 50 pF
RS Stock No. 152-6509
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G17GW-Q100,1
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MYR0.30
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74LVC Schmitt Trigger Buffer - 1 Yes Schmitt Trigger CMOS - Surface Mount TSSOP 5 -32mA -32mA -
RS Stock No. 816-8832
Mfr. Part No.74LVC2G34GW,125
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MYR0.90
Each (In a Pack of 40)
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LVC Buffer - 2 No Single Ended Single Ended Inverting Surface Mount SC-88 6 -32mA 32mA 10.8ns
RS Stock No. 816-8741
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G07GV,125
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MYR0.295
Each (In a Pack of 100)
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LVC Buffer - 1 No Single Ended Open Drain Non-Inverting Surface Mount SC-74A 5 - 32mA 8.4ns
RS Stock No. 152-7175
Mfr. Part No.74AXP2T3407GTX
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MYR1.403
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
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AXP Single Buffer - 1 Yes Open Drain Open Drain - Surface Mount XSON 8 - - -
RS Stock No. 165-8503
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1T45GW,125
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MYR0.612
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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LVC Transceiver - 1 - Single Ended 3 State Non-Inverting Surface Mount SC-88 6 -32mA 32mA 31.8ns
RS Stock No. 816-8823
Mfr. Part No.74LVC2G17GW,125
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MYR0.729
Each (In a Pack of 40)
units
LVC Buffer - 2 Yes Schmitt Trigger Single Ended Non-Inverting Surface Mount SC-88 6 -32mA 32mA 13.1ns
RS Stock No. 483-6803
Mfr. Part No.74LVT125PW,112
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MYR2.532
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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LVT Buffer, Line Driver - 4 No Single Ended 3 State Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 14 -32mA 64mA 2.9 ns @ 3.3 V
RS Stock No. 816-8842
Mfr. Part No.74LVC2T45DC,125
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MYR1.93
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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LVC Transceiver - 4 - Single Ended 3 State Inverting Surface Mount VSSOP 8 -32mA 32mA 37.8ns
RS Stock No. 483-7913
Mfr. Part No.HEF4050BT,652
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MYR1.277
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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4000 Buffer, Converter - 6 No Single Ended - Non-Inverting Surface Mount SOIC 16 - - 110 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 146-0912
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G07GV,125
BrandNexperia
MYR0.164
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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LVC Buffer - 1 No Single Ended Open Drain Non-Inverting Surface Mount SC-74A 5 - 32mA 8.4ns
RS Stock No. 816-8810
Mfr. Part No.74LVC2G125DP,125
BrandNexperia
MYR1.509
Each (In a Pack of 30)
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LVC Buffer - 2 No Single Ended 3 State Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 8 -32mA 32mA 11.4ns
RS Stock No. 165-8732
Mfr. Part No.74LVC2T45DC,125
BrandNexperia
MYR1.675
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
LVC Transceiver - 4 - Single Ended 3 State Inverting Surface Mount VSSOP 8 -32mA 32mA 37.8ns
RS Stock No. 816-8772
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G17GW,125
BrandNexperia
MYR0.538
Each (In a Pack of 75)
units
LVC Buffer - 1 Yes Schmitt Trigger Single Ended Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 5 -32mA 32mA 14ns
RS Stock No. 103-8140
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G17GW,125
BrandNexperia
MYR0.131
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
LVC Buffer - 1 Yes Schmitt Trigger Single Ended Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 5 -32mA 32mA 14ns
RS Stock No. 483-6768
Mfr. Part No.74HCT7541D,112
BrandNexperia
MYR8.96
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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HCT Buffer, Line Driver - 8 Yes Single Ended 3 State Non-Inverting Surface Mount SOIC 20 -6mA 6mA 32 ns @ 4.5 V
RS Stock No. 153-2947
Mfr. Part No.74HCT3G07DP-Q100H
BrandNexperia
MYR1.77
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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74HCT Buffer - 3 - TTL Open Drain Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 8 - 4mA 32 ns @ 50 pF
RS Stock No. 124-2311
Mfr. Part No.HEF4050BT,652
BrandNexperia
MYR1.45
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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4000 Buffer, Converter - 6 No Single Ended - Non-Inverting Surface Mount SOIC 16 - - 110 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 816-8738
Mfr. Part No.74LVC126APW,112
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MYR1.27
Each (In a Pack of 32)
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LVC Buffer - 4 No Single Ended 3 State Non-Inverting Surface Mount TSSOP 14 -24mA 24mA 12.6ns