How come I never noticed this before?
So... what's the difference between THIS and a shift register?
I dissected the circuitry ...
and it's not composed of D-flip flops...
yet its function IS
But I bet the single state cannot be smaller. Try it.
Your single state was very nicely designed,
everything was where they should be and lined up perfectly; a perfect jigsaw puzzle.
Just tried it
5 red dusts, 5 torches, 3x3x3
This will work connected in series, but you'll need to make it "steps"
like so: (looking at the side)
Otherwise, you must do this... 4x3x3
Not an improvement when chaining in series.
But less redstone used nonetheless^^
**EDIT** this does not work in game, works in the simulator though...