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View the Lessons →**Logic gates** execute basic logical functions and are the core components of digital integrated circuits. Most logic gates accept an input of two binary values and provide an output of a single binary value. Some circuits have a few logic gates, while others have many logic gates. A microprocessor has millions of logic gates.

The connection between the input and the output is based on a definite rationale. These gates are enforced using electronic switches like diodes and transistors. As a custom, primary logic gates are produced using Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology, Field Effect Transistor (FET) and Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET).

## Types of Logic Gates

Here are the 7 different types of logic gates:

Name |
Explanation |
Notation |
---|---|---|

AND | True if A and B are both True | Z = A AND B |

OR | True if either A or B is True | Z = A OR B |

NOT | Inverts value: True if input is False; False if input is True | Z = NOT A |

XOR | True if either A or B is True, but False if both are True | Z = A XOR B |

NAND | AND followed by NOT: False only if A and B are both True | Z = A NAND B |

NOR | OR followed by NOT: True only if A and B are both False | Z = A NOR B |

XNOR | XOR followed by NOT: True if A and B are both True or both False | Z = A XNOR B |

Highly complex operations are made possible by combining thousands or even millions of logic gates. The highest number of logic gates on an integrated circuit is established by the size of the chip divided by the size of the logic gates. Smaller transistors mean more complicated and quicker processors.

## Logic Gate Truth Tables

Every possible input and output scenario are covered in a truth table.

**AND**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

**OR**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

** ****NOT**

Input A |
Output Z |
---|---|

1 | 0 |

0 | 1 |

**XOR**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 0 |

**NAND**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 0 |

**NOR**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 0 |

**XNOR**

Input A |
Input B |
Output Z |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | 1 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

## Application of Logic Gates

Wherever the existence of any one or more than one incident is needed to be observed or some behaviour are to be taken after their existence, in all those instances **OR** gates can be used. For example, in an industrial plant, if one or more than one specification goes beyond the safe value, some security measures must be done.

**AND** gates are used as Enable gate and Inhibit gate. Enable gate means acceptance of data through a pathway while Inhibit gate is the opposite of that process which means rejection of data through a pathway.

**XOR** and **XNOR** gates are used in identity generation and identity check operation.

**NOT** gates are also called inverter because they switch the output given to them and show the reverse outcome.

## Advantages of Logic Gates

- Logic gates are quick yet use low energy.
- Logic gates don’t get overworked.
- Logic gates can lessen the prescribed number of I/O ports needed by a microcontroller.
- Logic gates can bring about straightforward data encryption and decryption.