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Digital Circuit Theory: Sequential Logic Circuits - Chapter Summary
Work through these lessons on sequential logic circuits at your convenience. You'll study flip-flop circuits, counter circuits, finite state machines, integrate circuits, and more. These resources are self-paced, so you can take your time as you work through the chapter. You can also go back to review any of the material over again, if needed. To assess your knowledge before moving on, take the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. You should be able to do the following once you finish this chapter:
- Differentiate between sequential circuits and combinational circuits
- Define flip-flop circuits and counter circuits
- Explain the function of registers and shift registers
- Outline the features of finite state machines
- Utilize steps to design sequence detectors
- Discuss the benefits of asynchronous sequential circuits
- Describe an integrated circuit (IC)
- Provide a definition and examples of digital integrated circuits
- Detail the practical applications for sequential circuits
1. Flip-Flop Circuits: Definition, Examples & Uses
The basic units used to design advanced and complicated sequential circuits are the latches and flip-flops. In this lesson, we will explore these different types of circuits.
2. Counter Circuits: Definition, Types & Design
In this lesson, we will take a look at a particular type of sequential circuits called counters. We will then distinguish between two different ways of designing counters that lead to two different kinds of counters. synchronous and asynchronous counters. While synchronous counters are easier to design, asynchronous counters are more interesting in terms of power consumption.
3. Registers & Shift Registers: Definition, Function & Examples
In this lesson you will learn about and understand the basic functions of registers and shift registers. You will be introduced to different types, understand their operations, and learn about their various applications.
4. Finite State Machines: Features & State Diagrams
Sequential circuits are often built as control units for complicated digital systems, such as CPUs. In order for a circuit to be able to control other parts of a system, they should themselves be able to control their own behaviour. In this lesson, we will take a look at the control aspect of sequential circuits.
5. How to Design Sequence Detectors: Steps & Example
Have you ever used a digital code to open a lock or a door? Do you use, or know someone who uses, a security alarm that beeps when unauthorized people try to enter a building? These are examples of circuits that can be built using basic sequence detector design concepts. We will learn about this in this lesson.
6. Asynchronous Sequential Circuits: Definition & Benefits
In this lesson, we will learn about Asynchronous Counters and Asynchronous Sequential Circuits. We will explore how a flip-flop can be clocked in asynchronous sequential circuits. Additionally, we will discover how Asynchronous Sequential Circuits are beneficial.
7. What is an Integrated Circuit (IC)?
In this lesson, we will learn about integrated circuits (ICs) and explore their origin, types, and benefits. We will also look at different ways that they are packaged.
8. Digital Integrated Circuits: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, we will look at how we use logic functions to build complex digital logic systems. We will define two types of integrated circuits, digital and analog, with a focus on the functionalities and families of digital integrated circuits.
9. Practical Application for Computer Architecture: Sequential Circuits
In this practical lesson, you will design and build a sequential circuit. The circuit is a 11011 sequence detector, and it will use J-K flip-flops. You will simulate the circuit in Logisim.
10. Required Assignments Reminder
Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.
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Other chapters within the Computer Science 306: Computer Architecture course
- Introduction to Computer Architecture & Hardware
- Data Representation in Digital Computing Systems
- Arithmetic in Computer Binary
- Boolean Logic Gates & Functions
- Digital Circuit Theory: Combinational Logic Circuits
- How Memory Functions in a Computer
- Instruction Set Architecture
- Input/Output in Computer Architecture
- Parallel Computer Architecture
- Evaluating Computer Performance
- Required Assignments for Computer Science 306