Logic Probe with Pulse Indicator Circuit

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

This is a circuit diagram for logic probe that is based on single CMOS IC. This logic probe shows three logic condition, High, Low, and Pulsing. Ind addition, there is no LED`s will glow if the probe input is neither hi or lo (the high impedance state of tri-output logic IC`s). This is the configuration of figure the circuit; This logic probe usin

Logic Probe with Pulse Indicator Circuit
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g power from the logic circuit under test; CMOS IC enables logic circuit is used to test using voltages from 3 to 15 volts. IC1a is used as a buffer with a difference. Under no input, i. e. the gate will oscillate due to feedback from the 2M2 resistor since the probe not connected to circuit. IC1a output voltage is approximately half from supply voltage. The Hi and Lo logic indicator LED`s are connected to a potential divider. This potential divider consist of two 1K resistors. When there is no input, junction voltage is half supply voltage or high impedance no LED`s will glow. IC1a will rest in a permanent state because of Hi or Lo logic condition. This is indicated by either the Hi or Lo LED illuminating. Hi and Lo LEDs will light dimly with a fast oscillator or clock signal. This is the reason for IC1b and IC1c. These two gates form a mono stable oscillator, 100nF capacitor and 4M7 resistors determine the time constant. This is effectively slowed using clock signal as the mono stable is continually triggered and retriggered. IC1d works like a buffer to drive the pulsing LED.

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