Showing posts with label Digital-Counters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digital-Counters. Show all posts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Play-Hookey - Online Classroom

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Digital logic is at the core of all digital computers, and yet it is entirely based on three fundamental operations, designated AND, OR, and NOT. See how it's possible in these pages…..
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Line Clock - Play-Hookey

Line Clock - Play-Hookey

"In many digital circuits, we need a regular and continuous train of pulses to control the timing of various circuits. In some cases, we want two separate pulse trains, one the inverse of the other. In other cases, we may want two square wave pulse trains in quadrature...."

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Multiplexed Presettable Timer with ICM7217

This was a attempt to make a Sequential Timer with ICM7217 of Intersil, even though it worked well, it was not developed beyond the prototype stage or first iteration. Only when a product is made in some numbers, the documentation and designs become clear, streamlined and seasoned.


The PCB and Circuit are not complete. It may give ideas. During this time, as far as i can remember, these were the only large CMOS devices. 8080-85 and Z80 devices consumed lot of power and needed big boards and supplies.

ICM7217 4-Digit, Presettable, LED Up/Down Counter Maxim


Study this, if you are not good at firmware or you need a simple solution, this is still a versatile chip. It is better you make your own PCB. This board can be used for prototyping only.

Timer Circuit pdf
Clock Circuit pdf

The MM5369AA and 3.579545 MHz
I have converted from DOS Orcad to Windows, corrected some mistakes, use with care. Orcad on DOS had a very user friendly interface, it had a near windows like GUI on DOS, when windows did not even exist, It had right mouse button controls too.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Three Point Preset Counter

This is a prototype of a Preset Counter. It is built with ICM7217. The cabinet is ABS Plastic DIN 96-96. The Panel is Engraved on Acrylic.

I don't remember for which application it was used. It has three thumbwheel settings, when the proximity switch counts upto the set-value, the corresponding relay turns ON, with a State Indicating LED on front panel.

Three Point Preset Counter

These can be configured sequentially or to work synchronously, this depends on what customer wants. Both modes may give the same result. In sequential operation, Some of these counters-timers may need to wait for an external trigger or feedback from a limit switch or another process like pressure alarm. Then more Input options may have to be provided.

Basic Electronic Digital Circuits

Counters, timers, analog-process and its interconnectivity makes up the various process loops or chain-reactions in Machine control. The various types of sensors for measurement and feedback of analog and event parameters, monitor the mechanical system and communicate the data to the process instruments.

The below circuit is a reference, i used the old intersil hot ideas book. There was no internet then. Databooks were valuable reference material. In the below timer circuit replace the clock with a schmitt trigger signal conditioning, it becomes a event counter or preset counter with thumbwheel input. See photograph above.

ICM7217 Timer and Counter

The Actuators like Drives, Solenoids, Pumps, Valves and Heaters act in accordance to the commands of the control system. This regulates and manages the process or machine to deliver consistent and repeatable yield of the end product.

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