The SN74HC595 contains an 8-bit serial-in, parallel-out shift register that feeds an 8-bit D-type storage register. The storage register has parallel 3-state outputs. Separate clocks are provided for both the shift and storage register. The shift register has a direct overriding clear (SRCLR) input, serial (SER) input, and serial outputs for
cascading. When the output-enable (OE) input is
high, the outputs are in the high-impedance state.
Both the shift register clock (SRCLK) and storage
register clock (RCLK) are positive-edge triggered. If both clocks are connected together, the shift
register always is one clock pulse ahead of the storage register.
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