enter image description here I have just studied digital logic material about shift registers, but I don't know what shift register models in the picture above are used in everyday life? What is an example of a product?

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    \$\begingroup\$ It can be used in any product to do anything you can think of doing with shift registers. \$\endgroup\$
    – Justme
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this homework? \$\endgroup\$
    – winny
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Basically anywhere where you want to go from serial to parallell och vice versa. I most often (in this modern world) use shift registers to create many outputs from an MCU, i.e. as cheap output expanders. \$\endgroup\$
    – Klas-Kenny
    Nov 24, 2021 at 11:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ You asked for an example of a product \$\endgroup\$
    – Syed
    Nov 24, 2021 at 13:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ The uses of shift register or any other digital component, is limited only by a designer's imagination. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mitu Raj
    Nov 24, 2021 at 13:32

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Literally everywhere. Every digital link that is serial, be it just a UART, an SPI line, or PCIe, goes into some digital component that most likely would to think in words (like: bytes). That gives you the need for Serial-to-parallel and parallel-to-serial shift registers.

Things don't always work at exactly the same, constant speed. You need a FIFO buffer – that gives you the need for your SISO and PIPO registers. You can't have cheap RAM without these! In fact, I've never seen "parallel in, parallel out" shift registered being called that – usually, these are just called buffer or register.

A lot of the math underlying error correction, checksumming, (pseudo)random number generation or cryptography relies on evaluation of polynomials over finite fields – which are typically implemented in hard- or software as Linear-Feedback Shift Registers. So, that's your use case for serial-in, parallel-out, registers with a feedback.

The device you're reading this on has thousands of shift registers, in the silicon IC designs of the various digital parts it's made of – its CPU registers, the arithmetic units of the CPU, its memory controller, the memory itself, the USB, PCIe, display connections, the display panel itself, in its interface to the outside world, especially if that's wireless, quite likely in the logic that controls in which state the power supplies are in, in the thing that allows it to light up a single power LED, in its keyboard, in the way the audio chip DAC connects to the digital side, in the digital filter within that, …

In short: if you open a device, and it has a chip in it, unless that one chip is just an opamp or a NE555 or dumb voltage regulator, it contains at least one shift register, with very high probability.


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