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#081 DoubleShiftWithFETs

Driving a 4-Digit 7-Segment display with only 3 pins, using two 74HC595 shift registers and some n-channel FETs


This circuit is a variation of the DoubleShift experiment that demonstrated how to use two 74HC595 shift registers and some NPN BJTs to drive a 4-digit 7-segment display with only 3 Arduino GPIO pins.

The only difference here is that the S9013 NPN BJTs are replaced with 2N7000 n-channel FETs.

When fully on (e.g. displaying 8888), it appears the display and associated components on the breadboard are drawing an average of about 2.47mA (compared to 2.87mA with BJTs).


The Breadboard

The Schematic

The Build

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