The 74HC00 family followed, and improved upon, the 74C00 series (which provided an alternative CMOS logic family to the 4000 series but retained the part number scheme and pinouts of the standard 7400 series (especially the 74LS00 series) .
Some specifications include:
- DC supply voltage
- DC input voltage range
- DC output voltage range
- input rise and fall times
- output rise and fall times
HCMOS also stands for high-density CMOS. The term was used to describe microprocessors, and other complex integrated circuits, which use a smaller manufacturing processes, producing more transistors per area. The Freescale 68HC11 is an example of a popular HCMOS microcontroller.
- HCT stands for high-speed CMOS with transistor–transistor logic voltages. These devices are similar to the HCMOS types except they will operate at standard TTL power supply voltages and logic input levels. This allows for direct pin-to-pin compatible CMOS replacements to reduce power consumption without loss of speed. 
- HCU stands for high-speed CMOS un-buffered. This type of CMOS contains no buffer and is ideal for crystals and other ceramic oscillators needing linearity. 
- VHCMOS, or AHC, stands for very high-speed CMOS or advanced high-speed CMOS.  Typical propagation delay time is between 3 ns and 4 ns. The speed is similar to Bipolar Schottky transistor TTL. 
- AHCT stands for advanced high-speed CMOS with TTL inputs. Typical propagation delay time is between 5 ns and 6 ns.   
- HCMOS family characteristics, Philips Semiconductors, March 1988
- HCMOS acronyms, thefreedictionary.com
- HC11 Datasheet: Motorola's HC11: HCMOS microcontroller family
- "HCMOS family characteristics" ics.nxp.com
- "Ceramic Resonator Applications" www.ecsxtal.com
- Ayers, John E. "Digital Integrated Circuits: Analysis and Design, Second Edition". CRC Press, December 15, 2003. p17.
- "TOSHIBA CMOS Digital Integrated Circuit" www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp
- "AHCT - Advanced High-Speed CMOS" focus.ti.com
- "Advanced High-Speed CMOS Logic" www.ti.com
- "AHC(T) family overview" ics.nxp.com
- HCMOS Design Considerations, Texas Instruments