Electronic – What does it mean by “storage clock” of a shift register


I read the data sheet of a shift register and I saw some tutorials on the internet. I can use all pins of my new shift register except pin 12. because I still don't understand what is the meaning of storage clock and how can I use it ? I use the clock of Pin 11 and I understand How a shift register works, only pin 12 is missing.

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Thanks in advance,

Best Answer

The storage register holds the data that is output from the 74HC595, and a rising edge on the ST_CP transfers the data currently in the shift register, into the storage register.

Without the storage register, the outputs would be driven directly from the shift register, and would therefore display the new data as it is being shifted into the chip. This could have undesirable results as the outputs would turn off or on unexpectedly.

With the storage register, the outputs don't change until you set ST_CP.