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Help - Hard time understanding logic of this simple circuit

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Jan 1, 1970
Hi guys,

I'm a newbie in electronics and I am having a hard time understanding how
this simple circuit works (

The description of the circuit says:

"CLR is active high while AB is active low. These two pulses generate the
timing for ODB."

I am correct to think that the following truth table is correct?

if CLR = 0 and AB = 0 then ODB = ~4.8v
if CLR = 0 and AB = 1 then ODB = ~6.3v
if CLR = 1 and AB = 0 then ODB = ~6.3v
if CLR =1 and AB = 1 then ODB = ~ 12v

Please take a look at the circuit diagram and let me know if I am correct/in
the right way but not quite there/wrong. Again, you can check out the
diagram at



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John Popelish

Jan 1, 1970
0 said:
It's the driver circuit for the Texas Instruments TC281 CCD chip.

I'm trying to build something that uses it, but I'm having hard time coming
up with a cirucuit to drive that signal because it's typical low level input
is 4.5v, the high level is 15v and the intermediate level signal is 5.5v.

You can check out the datasheet for that chip at (Adobe Acrobat format). The wave form
is on page 4 and the diagram is on page 14.

I've had good luck creating drivers for the other "weird" voltage level
inputs using a ds0026 (CMOS clock driver), but those were easy because they
are either high or low, with a high of 2v and a low of 10v. You can see my
version of the driver for those at\cmos_driver.jpg (the
transister is a 2907).

Basically, I need a driver that will take 2 TTL inputs and output 3
different output levels from them, namely, 4.5v, 5.5v, and 15v. Any help
putting together a similar driver for that one pin would be greatly

Sorry, I can hardly make sense of this data sheet. There is neither a
capacitance, rise time or input current spec for OBD input, as far as
I can see. Without these, it is very hard for me to understand
exactly how their driver produces the voltage waveform hinted at in
figure 1. (It would take some digging through the sheet to define all
the time intervals and rise times shown in that figure.)

I think I might try to work out a DC design for the ODB driver,
perhaps based on the TTL input gate drivers from Microchip Technology.

Though the 4 amp with 2 ohm output are hard to find. But it looks
like most of that 4 amps goes into shunt capacitors in their design,
anyway. I especially like the note that says that decoupling and
bypass capacitors are not shown on the schematic. Good luck keeping
the supply lines clean with 4 amp drivers hitting .22 uf capacitors
with 15 volt pulses.

I have loathed TI data sheets for a long time. Lots of typical
values, lots of missing information and crude suggestions for
application circuits. Yep, this looks very familiar. I always
suspected that they really didn't want ot tell designers enough to
actually use their chips. I wonder if they intend to use all of them,
in house.

Captain Brazil

Jan 1, 1970
Thanks for the quick replies, John.