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CD4015 Dual 4-Stage Shift Register

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The CD4015 is a Dual 4-bit Shift Register. It has a wide operating voltage upto 18V, hence can be used in high voltage applications. The IC is commonly used as I/O expander along with microcontroller to control multiple outputs like LED, LCD display etc..

 

Pin Configuration

Pin Number

Pin Name

Description

1

Clock B

Clock Pin - Pulse signal for Register B

2, 3, 4, 5

Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 -  A

4-bit Output pin for Register A

6

RESET A

Reset Pin for Register A

7

DATA A

Data Pin for Register A

8

Vss (Ground)

Connect to ground of the system 

9

CLOCK A

Clock Pin - Pulse signal for Register A

10, 11, 12, 13

Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 – B

4-bit Output pin for Register B

14

RESET B

Reset Pin for Register B

15

DATA B

Data Pin for Register B

16

Vdd (Vcc)

Supply Voltage – 5V, 10V, 15V

 

Features

  • Dual 4-bit, Serial In – Parallel out Shift register

  • Operating Voltage: 3V to 18V

  • Power Consumption: 80uA

  • Clock Input Frequency: 8.5MHz @15V

  • Maximum Clock Frequency: 12Mhz @10V

  • Available in 16-pin PDIP, GDIP, PDSO packages

Note: Complete Technical Details can be found at the CD4015 datasheet given at the end of this page.

 

Alternatives Shift Registers

S.No:

Name

Type

1

4035

4-Bit Parallel in Parallel out Shift Register

2

74LS379

Quad Parallel Shift Register

3

4014

4 Bit static shift register

4

74LS166

8 Bit Shift Register

5

74LS323

8 Bit Shift/Storage Register

6

74LS164

S/P Shift Register

7

74HC595

Dual 4 Bit Static Register

8

74LS299

8 Bit Shift/Storage Register

 

Where to use CD4015 IC

The CD4015 has two 4-bit Serial In – Parallel Out Shift Register. Meaning, it can receive (input) get data serially and control 4 output pins in parallel. This comes in very handy where do not have enough GPIO pins on our MCU/MPU to control the required number of outputs. It is often used in projects where relatively a large number of LED’s has to be controlled through the Microcontroller. It can also be used to interface LCD screen since they can acts as the data bit for the LCD displays. 

CD4015 IC Internal structure

Since the IC has two such Shift Registers in one package it can be used independently to control two outputs in parallel. Commonly used to drive two LCD in 4-bit Mode or control 7-Segment display. So if you are looking for a way to expand the I/O capability of your MCU then this IC might be the right choice for you. 

 

How to use a CD4015 IC 

Using the CD4015 IC is very similar to using the popular 74HC595 shift register. It requires only 3 pins connected to the MCU, which are Clock, Data and Reset. It has a wide operating voltage from 2V to 18V. An application circuit of the IC is shown below:

CD4015 Application Circuit

 

The CD4015 IC will have two Shift Registers (A and B) in a single package, for understanding purpose lets only consider the Register A as shown above. The pins 1, 15 and 4 are connected to the GPIO pins of the Microcontroller. In which pin 1 is the clock which sends a constant pulse to keep timing. The pin 15 is Data which actually sends the Data about which output pins has to stay low and which should go high. The Pin 14 is the Reset which updates the received the data to the output pins when made low, this pin can also be permanently held low. The below image will help you understand better

CD4015 data clock

As you can see the clock is continues train of pulses, and the data goes high only at the respective place where the output has to get high. Here for example the binary value 0b1011 is passed to the microcontroller. The pin Master reset (MR)  is used to reset the outputs, when not in use it is held high to vcc, similarly the pin should be held low when not in use. 

 

Applications

  • Expand the GPIO pin on a MCU/MPU
  • LED Matrix/Cube Projects
  • Interface LCD
  • Cascading applications
  • High logic level controller 

 

2D Model of CD4026 (PDIP)

CD4015 IC Dimensions

 

 

Component Datasheet

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