The digits in your ID number
Write down the seven digits of your student identification number below. An example is shown so
that you know what to expect.
1 4 2 7 5 1 4
The digits in your ID number, in the right to left order are used to specify the sequential behaviour that a
synchronous counter will execute in response to applied clock pulses. Assume that the ID digits are
represented in a conventional 4-bit BCD code. The behaviour required of the counter is that it produces a 4-
bit digital output that represents the BCD value of the successive digits of your ID number in the right to left
sequence above. Once the left hand digit is output the counter will go back to the first and the sequence
repeats. Note the digits represent the outputs of the counter and not its state variables.
- Traditional design
Draw a state diagram to represent the behaviour of the counter you are required to design. It is
suggested you employ the letters of the alphabet to refer to each state and keep the outputs as
decimal numbers at this stage.
Insert state diagram here. (2 marks)
Convert the state diagram into its associated state table.
Insert state table here. (2 marks)
Assume that a simple binary state variable allocation can be made and that any unused states can be
treated as don’t cares. Draw the corresponding transition table for the counter including flip-flop (DFF) inputs and BCD outputs for your designated storage device.
Insert transition table here. (4 marks)
Using excitation maps (K-maps) to determine the next state logic functions that can be used to drive
your flip-flop inputs.
Insert excitation maps clearly showing groups and logic functions here. (6 marks)
Also draw Karnaugh maps to deduce minimal logic functions for the 4 output functions that are
required to give the BCD output codes. Note that depending on your ID number not all outputs will
be significant in all cases.
Insert the output function maps and logic equations here. (5 marks)
Enter the associated schematic circuit diagram here along with commentary. The simulation
results clearly show the implementation is fully compliant with the specification. (6 marks)
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- VHDL Design
For exactly the same counter specification in Part 1, write a VHDL entity and architecture that will
model the required sequential behaviour. The VHDL code should be entered in a VHDL tool such
as Xilinx Vivado to confirm that it compiles without errors.
Insert your VHDL model design with proof of compilation here. (9 marks)
Also write a test bench that will enable the correct function of the counter model to be simulated.
Again include proof that it compiles without errors on your design tool.
Insert your VHDL test bench here. (8 marks)
Finally include output from the simulator that confirms your design simulates correctly.
Briefly explain why you consider the result gives this confirmation. Insert simulation results
and commentary here. (8 marks)
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