Digital Electronics


Digital Electronics

Digital electronics is a field of electronics that involves the study of digital signals and electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. By contrast, in analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discrete voltages, or logic levels.

Digital Electronics Tutorials

What are logical levels in digital electronics?

In digital circuits and components such as the logic gate, it is common to say that we have a logic “high” or a logic “low” at the input or output of a circuit. If we have a “high” level we say that it is a “1” and if we have a “low” level we say that it is a “0”.

If we were using a TTL IC running on +5 volts, the “1” would be a voltage level of +5 volts and the “0” would be a voltage level of 0 volts. This is the ideal case in digital circuits.

TTL, CMOS and HC logic levels (voltage levels)

In the real world, these values are different. Digital integrated circuits operate with input and output values that vary depending on the technology of the integrated circuit.

In the TTL family, a logic “0” means the voltage level is between 0 and 0.8 volts and a logic “1” means the voltage level is between 2 and 5 volts.

In CMOS technology, a logic “0” means the voltage level is between 0 and 1.5 volts and a logic “1” means the voltage level is between 3.5 and 5 volts.

What is a logic circuit in digital electronics?

A logic circuit uses two logic levels to transfer information. A logic high level or “1” and a logic low level or “0”. Logic circuits are made of digital elements such as AND gate, OR gate, NOT gate, and combinations of them.

These combinations give way to other types of digital electronic components, such as logic gates, flip-flops, microprocessors, memories, among others.

Modern digital electronics are used to perform many functions. Although digital electronic circuits may seem very complex, they are actually built with many very simple circuits.

Digital Electronics Tutorials

Gray code – Gray code Table

The Gray code is a special type of binary code that is unweighted (the digits that make up the code does not have an assigned weight).

Logic OR gate – Symbol & Truth Table

The logic Or gate is one of the simplest digital logic gates. The output of this gate is “High”, when one or all of its inputs are “High”. We can also say that, the output of an OR gate is “Low” only when all gate inputs are “Low”.

NAND Gate – The Universal Gate

The NAND gate, also called a universal gate, is a gate that produces a logic “0” output only when all logic inputs are “1”. The NAND gate truth table

Logic AND Gate – AND Truth Table

The logic AND gate is one of the simplest gates in Digital Electronics. The output of an AND gate is true (“1”) only when all inputs are true (“1”). If one or more inputs are false (“0”), then the output is false (“0”).

Sequential Circuit – Digital Logic

A sequential circuit is a circuit where there are one or more feed backs from one or more outputs. The new output depend on the inputs and the last output

XOR Logic Gate

In digital electronics there are special gates. One of them is the XOR logic gate or exclusive OR gate. Equivalent XOR Logic Gate using common logic gates

NOR Gate – The Universal Gate

The NOR Logic gate – Truth Table, equivalent circuit. It can be implemented with the concatenation of an OR gate and a NOT gate.

OR and AND logic gates made with diodes

Diode Logic OR gate (wired OR connection) and Diode Logic AND gate (wired AND connection). Diode Logic uses the fact that diodes conduct only in one direction. (they behave like switches)

Aiken code – Excess 3 code

Aiken BCD code is similar to the natural BCD code, but with “weights” or “values” distributed differently. The Excess 3 Code is obtained by adding “3” to each combination of the natural BCD code.

What is a Logic Circuit?

A Logic circuit uses two logic levels to transfer the information. A high logic level or “1” and a low logic level or “0”. The Logic circuits are made of digital elements such as the AND gate, the OR gate, the NOT gate and a combinations of them.

What is a Binary Decoder?

The binary decoder is a device that accepts a digital input (in binary form) and it activates one of its outputs. This device has several outputs, and the one that is activated is chosen by the code applied to the inputs.

Combinational Circuit

A combinational circuit is a circuit where the output depends only on the combination of the inputs at the time we are testing the output

JK Flip-Flop

The JK Flip-Flop is a sequential device with 3 inputs (J, K, CLK (clock signal)) and 2 outputs (Q and Q’). J and K are control inputs.

Digital Logic Levels (hight, low, 1, 0)

In digital circuits, it is common to say that we have a “high or a “low” logic level at the input or output of a circuit. If we have a “high” level we say it is a “1” and if we have a “low” level we say that it is a “0”.

Hexadecimal Numbering System

The hexadecimal numbering system (base-16). This numbering system is mainly used to simplify the representation of binary numbers and for the digital handling of colors.

Binary Number System

The Binary Number System, unlike the Decimal Number System, where 10 figures are allowed (from 0 to 9), only needs 2 figures: “0” and “1”.

BCD Code – Binary Coded Decimal

In order to share information in digital format, it is common to use a binary or hexadecimal representations (BCD Code). There are other methods to represent this information and one of them is the BCD code.

Truth Table

Truth Table is used to simplify boolean equations obtained from digital circuits. The truth tables can have many columns, but all tables operate in the same way.