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Hex Driver vs. Line Driver

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by stevenj, Feb 27, 2014.

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  1. stevenj


    Feb 27, 2014
    Is there a difference between the two? I'm looking at a 74LVC07A and a SN74LVC1G07-EP. I'm assuming they have similar functionality and the manufacturer simply has different naming convention. Is it a hex buffer because there are 6 I/O's?
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Welcome Steven.

    These are chips with comparable function. The difference being that the SN74LVC1G07-EP contains a single gate while the 74LVC07A contains 6 gates in one package.

    The single gate is convenient if you need just one gate and you do not have the PCB real estate for the larger IC.
    The hex package is convenient if you need up to 6 gates and want to save money (compared to multiple single gate ICs).
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