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Sequential logic

In digital circuit theory, sequential logic is a type of logic circuit whose output depends not only on the present input but also on the history of the input. This is in contrast to combinatorial logic, whose output is a function of, and only of, the present input.

In other words, sequential logic has memory while combinatorial logic does not.

Sequential logic is therefore used to construct some types of computer memory, other types of delay and storage elements, and finite state machines. Most practical computer circuits are a mixture of combinatorial and sequential logic.