I've been experimenting with three-valued logic (yeah, I know) and have had quite a bit of success by using voltage comparators to implement the combinatorial logic. All 27 1-input gates and many useful 2-input gates are functioning as expected. The progress is documented at https://hackaday.io/project/6284-tern-physical-implementations-of-ternary-logic
The problem comes about when I start getting into sequential logic. Specificly, SR latches, D Flip Flops, etc. Just elementary memory elements. Not only do the circuits become quite complex but they also exhibit behavior I just don't anticipate. I'm not knowlegable enought in analog design to debug them and I don't even own a scope so I'm nearly blind as well. However, I do know that this is a solved problem because Flash chips use anywhere from 2 to 8 (maybe even higher) voltage levels. Because this stuff already exists in the realm of integrated circuits I'm not going to be picky about staying strictly away from binary-digital solutions for storage.
What I'm looking for is a relatively simple solution that will fit within these parameters: 1) will accept an input voltage between -5V and 5V 2) will store that voltage until directed otherwise (volatile is okay) 3) will output that voltage while it is stored 4) is available in a dip package
My best case scenario (even though it doesn't exist) is a family of dip IC's that are analog equivalents to 8 bit latches, shift registers, etc. My worst case scenario is throwing an arduino into the mix to read analog voltages and PWM them out.
I'm looking for a solution that falls inbtween the two. Is there a family of multi-input sample and hold chips that will keep a charge for a reasonable amount of time (at least several minutes). Or maybe an ADC with PWM output that can hold a level until directed and can accept -5 volts. Any other ideas? Thanks much for your help!