The HCT138 devices are designed for
high-performance memory-decoding or
data-routing applications requiring very short
propagation delay times. In high-performance
memory systems, these decoders can minimize
the effects of system decoding. When employed
with high-speed memories utilizing a fast enable
circuit, the delay times of these decoders and the
enable time of the memory usually are less than
the typical access time of the memory. This means
that the effective system delay introduced by the
decoders is negligible.
The conditions at the binary-select inputs and the three enable inputs select one of eight output lines. Two
active-low (G)\ and one active-high (G) enable inputs reduce the need for external gates or inverters when
expanding. A 24-line decoder can be implemented without external inverters, and a 32-line decoder requires
only one inverter. An enable input can be used as a data input for demultiplexing applications.