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Wiring your first physical breadboard is a frustrating experience. One wrong connection and the circuit does not work. Unfortunately without an experienced instructor by your side, it is difficult to find out where is the mistake. Our breadboard simulator acts as a virtual and patient instructor checking on your every connection.
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Use the following steps to complete the wiring of the breadboard
- Select your circuit. If this is your first time, choose the SR NAND or SR NOR.
- Operate the switches in the circuit simulator. Read the description of the circuit if you need additional information.
- Using the schematic, wire up the circuit in the breadboard simulator. When a wire end is placed in a socket of the breadboard that corresponds to a node on the schematic, the respective node of the schematic will turn red.
- If a correct connection is made, the wire ends will snap into the socket.
- Note that all the VCC (red wire) and GND (black wire) connections are already done.
- When all the nodes are wired up, a red LED will light up near the VCC/GND terminals.
- You may now operate the breadboard switches and observe the LED results.
- When you wire up the circuit using a real digital trainer, do remember to wire the VCC and GND wires and power up the digital trainer.
- You need to sign in with your Google account to save or restore the breadboard connections.
- Click to close any of the panes (breadboard/schematic/description/help) and click on the corresponding menu item to open it.
If you are unfamiliar with the breadboard, there are many resources available online that explains how they work. We recommend this quick Breadboard Infographic from Make Breadboarding Workshop or the longer Breadboard Tutorial from Science Buddies.
A ring counter is a Shift Register (a cascade connection of flip-flops) with the output of the last flip flop connected to the input of the first. It is initialised such that only one of the flip flop output is 1 while the remander is 0. The 1 bit is circulated so the state repeats every n clock cycles if n flip-flops are used. The "MOD" or "MODULUS" of a counter is the number of unique states. The MOD of the n flip flop ring counter is n.
This circuit is implemented using D-type flip-flops.
- Enable the flips flops by clicking on the RESET (SW6) switch.
- Click on CLK (SW7) switch and observe the changes in the outputs of the flip flops. The CLK switch is a momentary switch.
- The D flip flop clock has a rising edge CLK input. For example Q1 behaves as follows:
- The D input value just before the CLK rising edge is noted (Q0).
- When CLK rising edge occurs, Q1 is assigned the previously noted D value (Q0).
- The MOD or number of unique states of this 3 flip flop ring counter is 3.