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Half Adder | Definition | Circuit Diagram | Truth Table

Half Adder-


  • Half Adder is a combinational logic circuit.
  • It is used for the purpose of adding two single bit numbers.
  • It contains 2 inputs and 2 outputs (sum and carry).



Half Adder Designing-


Half adder is designed in the following steps-




Identify the input and output variables-

  • Input variables = A, B (either 0 or 1)
  • Output variables = S, C where S = Sum and C = Carry




Draw the truth table-


Inputs Outputs
A B C (Carry) S (Sum)
0 0 0 0
0 1 0 1
1 0 0 1
1 1 1 0

Truth Table




Draw K-maps using the above truth table and determine the simplified Boolean expressions-



Also Read- Half Subtractor




Draw the logic diagram.

The implementation of half adder using 1 XOR gate and 1 AND gate is as shown below-



Limitation of Half Adder-


  • Half adders have no scope of adding the carry bit resulting from the addition of previous bits.
  • This is a major drawback of half adders.
  • This is because real time scenarios involve adding the multiple number of bits which can not be accomplished using half adders.


To overcome this drawback, Full Adder comes into play.


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