Thursday, December 30, 2010

Up/Down Counter Circuit

Counters are very common experiments on digital electronics subjects.

Here's a simple up/down counter that uses 74190.

This circuit is easy to implement and here are some of its features:

Presettable - having this capability, it is easy to use for down timers with initial value like 24second shot clock.
Parallel output(BCD) - its bcd output can be easily interface to a bcd-to-sevensegment decoders.
Ripple clock output - you can cascade many 74190 to form 2digit, 4digit and Xdigit counters.
Single input pin for up/down - in case that the requirement is to control the count in a single pin, this 74190 is very applicable.

Please note that you need a switch debouncer on the switch so that you can have a clean count..

Reference for switch debouncer.


Matt Bowden said...

Is there a way to build this circuit with different ICs?

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