prime implicant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An implicant (Boolean product term) which is called "prime" because none of its proper factors is itself an implicant.

Noun[edit]

prime implicant (plural prime implicants)

  1. (electrical engineering) A group of related 1's (implicant) on a Karnaugh map which is not subsumed by any other implicant in the same map. Equivalently (in terms of Boolean algebra), a product term which is a "minimal" implicant in the sense that removing any of its literals will yield a product term which is not an implicant (but beware: on a Karnaugh map it would appear "maximal").
  2. (electrical engineering) A group of related 0's (implicant) on a Karnaugh map which is not subsumed by any other implicant (of 0's) in the same map.

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