What is a Totem Pole Output?

Posted by London Rhodes on Apr 16, 2021 10:44:04 AM

A Totem Pole output is essentially the same as a Push-Pull output; however, it is the terminology commonly used when referring to a TTL device. The major difference between it and a Push-Pull is the amount of current that it can sink or source. The Totem Pole output is going to sink/source less current then a Push-Pull output is capable of sinking or sourcing. The other major difference is the output voltage between the two. The Totem Pole is a 5V DC signal only, where the Push Pull will follow the input voltage.


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