Monkeying with 8-bit Latches

I while back, I bought a couple of 8-bit Latches which I had intended to conquer the world with… but just never got around to it. As I’ve just found out… these specifically may not be the right model for that purpose. sigh.  Let me expound…

As I’ve explored in previous Arduino setups, I want to control lots of things with few output pins.  With this specific setup, I was hoping to populate two different 8-pin latches using a large number of shared pins like with the LCD project… but alas, these latches don’t really like sharing their pins…

If I share pins between the latches (clock/latch pins) but have a selectable data pin, the unselected latch still *thinks* I’m talking to it… What I need is a latch with an Enable Pin.

Pictured above, I was just testing to verify that both latches actually worked. Both are connected to the same outputs, so their values are mirrored. I won’t post any code this time because I used the ShiftOut example verbatim.