The 74×27 (ex 74HC27) is a chip with three 3-input NOR gates.
In this guide, you’ll learn the things you need to know about this chip to use these 3-input NOR gates in your projects.
What does the 74HC27 / 74LS27 do?
The 74×27 gives you three 3-input NOR gates.
|Input A||Input B||Input C||Output Q|
How To Use This Chip
The 74HC27 comes in a 14-pin package, and you need to connect it to power before you can use it. Most 7400 ICs support a VCC voltage of 5V. One difference between the HC and LS version of the chip is that the 74HC27 supports 2V to 6V, while the 74LS27 only supports 5V.
The maximum current you can pull out of one output pin is 4 mA when the pin is high (sourcing) or 16 mA when the pin is low (sinking). This can differ between models, so check the datasheet of your model to verify.
Once you’ve connected it to power, you can use any of the three 3-input NOR gates inside.
The 74×27 has 14 pins and contains three 3-input NOR gates laid out as shown in the pinout diagram below:
|1||Input||Input to the first NOR gate.|
|2||Input||Input to the first NOR gate.|
|3||Input||Input to the second NOR gate.|
|4||Input||Input to the second NOR gate.|
|5||Input||Input to the second NOR gate.|
|6||Output||Output from the second NOR gate.|
|7||Power||Connect to ground (GND).|
|8||Output||Output from the third NOR gate.|
|9||Input||Input to the third NOR gate.|
|10||Input||Input to the third NOR gate.|
|11||Input||Input to the third NOR gate.|
|12||Output||Output from the first NOR gate.|
|13||Input||Input to the first NOR gate.|
|14||Power||Positive power supply (VCC). Connect to +5V power.|
Alternatives and Equivalents for 74HC27 / 74LS27
There are many versions of the 74×27 chip. They all have the same functionality but with different specifications such as supported voltages and maximum current output.
Here’s a list of a few equivalents of this chip:
- 74HC27 (High-speed CMOS)
- 74HCT27 (High-speed CMOS, TTL compatible)
- 74LS27 (High-speed TTL)
- 74LVC27 (Low Voltage TTL)
- 74AC27 (Advanced CMOS)
- 74ALS27 (Advanced Low-Power Schottky TTL)
- 74F27 (Very High Speed)
- 74C27 (CMOS, similar to the 4000-series)
Some manufacturers also add a prefix, such as the SN74HC27 and SN74LS27 by Texas Instruments.
Can’t find the 74×27 anywhere? Then try one of the following IC alternatives:
- CD4075 – Triple 3-input NOR gates
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Datasheet for the 74LS27 and 74HC27 chips
Download the PDF datasheet for your version of the 74×27 here: