ON Semiconductor designed the series of high-performance, low-voltage buffers/inverters with CMOS/LVTTL compatible inputs to enable designers of next-generation electronics to benefit from the ability to interface with multiple voltage systems. The over-voltage tolerant input enables the devices to interface directly with higher voltage circuits, with no need for logic level translators. The over-voltage tolerance at the output allows the designer freedom to select any voltage between 0 and 5.5 volts as the output level, while maintaining input compatibility with the rest of the system. The open drain output feature allows customers to create wired-OR/wired-AND configurations.
The devices were individually designed to allow the company's customers flexibility when searching for low-voltage standard logic solutions to complete their designs. The NL37WZ14, for instance, is capable of changing input signals into sharply defined, jitter-free signals, while the pin configuration and function are the same as the other devices in this family.