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I use a board where the designers uses a SN75451 chip. It is a dual AND gate chip with open collector output.

I am quite surprised as normally the 74xx09 would be used in order to implement AND gate with open collector output. Why in the world would we want to use a different chip?

It seems like LEDs can be lit directly from the chip so is it simply because it can drive a lot of current ? If so, why use this chips instead of a discrete transistor ?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Banner line title: "Dual-Peripheral Drivers for High-Current, High-Speed Switching" \$\endgroup\$
    – sstobbe
    Sep 26 '17 at 16:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Voting to close because this question is asking about the use of electronic devices, which is off-topic for this site. \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Sep 26 '17 at 16:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please do not change the question on the fly. It makes existing answers invalid and helps no-one. If you need to correct or add more, add it to the end of the question as an edit. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trevor_G
    Sep 26 '17 at 17:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @sstobbe Banner lines such as "high-current" or "high-speed" does not mean anything if they don't say against which currents or speed they are comparatively "high". \$\endgroup\$
    – Bregalad
    Sep 27 '17 at 6:59
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Seriously...

The 451 is a dual open collector AND driver IC not a quad AND gate.

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It can handle 400mA continuous. As you suspect, it is good for driving heavier loads at higher voltages like LEDs, small motors etc.

EDIT: Since you chose fit to change your question....

why use this chips instead of a discrete transistor

You could use discrete transistors, but that would be more real-estate to add two transistors than one device. Having said that, my guess is sales on this particular device were below engineering's expectations.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The 74xx09 is not a NAND gate, it is a quad AND gate \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Sep 26 '17 at 16:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DerStrom8 lol picky picky... corrected. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trevor_G
    Sep 26 '17 at 16:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DerStrom8 It was a 74xx00 NAND gate.. why the OP changed the original question I don't know... \$\endgroup\$
    – Trevor_G
    Sep 26 '17 at 16:58

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