This circuit is a edge-triggered D flip-flop. It functions the same as a master-slave flip-flop (except that it is positive-edge triggered), but uses fewer gates in its design.

The circuit consists of 3 set-reset latches. The latch on the right controls the output. When the D input (at lower left) is high, the lower-left latch is set whenever the clock is low. This triggers the set input of the upper-left latch, which sets the output latch whenever the clock is high. When the D input is low, the lower-left latch is reset, causing the output latch to be reset whenever the clock is high.

The result is that output can only change state when the clock makes a transition from low to high.

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