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The above could be also done for **AND** gates. For example the
figure below shows two different ways of implementing a 4-input
**AND** gate from 2-input **AND** gates.

First, we notice that it has two inputs, **X** and **Y**. Each
one of these inputs may assume one of two values **0** and
**1**. Thus the truth table for that circuit will have four
entries. For each such entry we have to find out the output
**Z**. We do so by labeling the circuit. For example, if ** X =
0** and ** Y = 0 **, we can label the various inputs and outputs
of all gates until we find out that **Z = 0** as shown below...

Similarily, we can do it for ** X = 0** and ** Y = 1 ** to get
**Z = 1** as shown below...

If we do this for all 4 input combinations, we get the truth table below.

XOR -------------- | X Y | Z | | -------+----- | 0 0 | 0 | | 0 1 | 1 | | 1 0 | 1 | | 1 1 | 0 | --------------

The above procedure for finding out what the truth table for a particular circuit is could be repeated for any circuit.

First, one has to identify all the "rows" in the truth table for which
the output is a **1**. Each one of these rows identifies a
combination of inputs for which the output must be **1**. Thus, one
may say that the output must be ** 1** if the first such
combination is present, * or * the second is present, * or
* the third is present, etc... Thus the output of this circuit is
the output of an ** OR ** gate whose inputs are the outputs of a
number of smaller sub-circuits, each corresponding to a given row in
the truth table with an output of ** 1 **.

Second, for each row in the truth table (and thus for every
sub-circuit connected to the ** OR ** gate), we notice that a
particular pattern for the inputs must be present. Such a pattern can
be tested using an ** AND** gate with as many inputs as there are
inputs to the truth table. A particular input to the **AND** gate
is inverted (using a **NOT** gate) if its corresponding input in
the truth table is **0**.

Let's look at an example... Assume we want to build a circuit that has
three binary inputs W, X, and Y and one output Z, which is to be ** 1
** when all three inputs are identical (i.e. all 0 or all 1). The
tuth table for such a circuit is shown below.

Majority ----------------- | W X Y | Z | | ----------+----- | 0 0 0 | 1 | | 0 0 1 | 0 | | 0 1 0 | 0 | | 0 1 1 | 0 | | 1 0 0 | 0 | | 1 0 1 | 0 | | 1 1 0 | 0 | | 1 1 1 | 1 | -----------------

[To be continued...]

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This document has been prepared by Professor Azer Bestavros <

Created on:April 13, 1995.Updated on:April 12, 1995.