I read some books to understand why we need to memorise bits in electric circuits and found the sequential logic circuits are designed to achieve that goal.
The basic element is the SR Latch which can store one bit of information (0 or 1) and erase it. It is made of two cross-coupled NOR gates, that means many relays.
But we can achieve the same operation of memorising by using one relay: if the switch of the relay is closed the bit (1) is memorised and if it’s opened the bit is erased.
My questions are:
- Why we use sequential circuits to memorize bits instead of simple relays?
- Can the processor make arithmetic operations without using memory?