Introduction: Binary Calculator
Since the very first invention of the logic gate in the 20th century, the constant development of such electronics has taken place and it is now one of the simplest yet fundamentally important electronic components in many different applications. The Binary Calculator will be able to take multiple bits as input and compute the summation and subtraction using various logic gates
To provide fundamental ideas of Boolean logic, gates, and electronics. To gain familiarity with using logic gates and binary systems. To compute the summation and subtraction of two 4-bit numbers
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8 x ¼w 560 Resistor PID: 91447 (not needed if there are enough 1k resistors)
1 x 5V 1A Power Adapter Cen+ PID:1453 (*Higher Amperage or Center – can both be used)
5 x LED 5mm, Yellow PID: 551 (Color is irrelevant)
5 x LED 5mm, Green PID: 550 (Color is irrelevant)
1 x 2.1mm Jack to Two Terminals PID:210272 (#210286 can replace)
Plier, PID: 10457 (Strongly Recommended)
*All numbers listed above correspond to Lee’s Electronic Components’ product ID
Step 1: Set Up the Power Supply (Adder)
Since we are going to be powering the whole circuit using a barrel jack power supply, we will need to separate the positive and ground. Note that we are working with the center positive power supply (+ inside & - outside), therefore + must come out as positive (in this case RED) and – must be ground (Black).
Connect the main power rail to each one of the vertical rails. So that the IC chips can easily be powered without wires going everywhere.
Step 2: Set Up the DIP Switch (Adder)
Two 4-position dip switches are placed on top of the 8-pin IC socket to ensure the firm grip of the board and it is then placed under the power rail. On the other side of the switch, we are going to place arbitrary value resistors* (I used 1k and two 560 in series)
Step 3: What Are These Resistors For???
They are called “Pull-Up” or “Pull-Down” resistors depending on the setup.
We are using these resistors because of something called “Floating Effect”.
Like the picture on the top right, when the switch is closed, the current flows with no problem. However, if the switch is opened, we have no idea to tell if the input is having enough voltages to determine the state and this effect is called the “Floating Effect”.
The logic states are represented by two voltage levels with any voltage below one level regarded as a logic 0, and any voltage above another level regarded as logic 1, but the pin itself cannot tell between whether input logic is 1 or 0 because of the statics or surrounding noises.
To prevent the floating effect, we use pull-up or down resistors like the diagram on the left.
Step 4: Set Up the Logic Gates (Adder)
Place the XOR, AND, OR, XOR, AND gates respectively (4070,74LS08,74LS32, 4070 and 74LS08). Connect the pin 14 of each chip to the positive rail and the pin 7 to the ground rail to activate the logic chips.
Step 5: Wire the Logic Gates (Adder)
Based on the schematic and appropriate datasheet, wire the gates accordingly. It is important to notice that the very first input carry bit is zero, thus it can simply be grounded.
Because we are making a 4-bit ADDER, the output carry will consistently be fed to the input carry of the other FULL ADDER until we get to the last unit.
*Note that the additional LED on pin 8 on the OR gate represents the last CARRY bit. It will only be lit up when the summation of two 4-bit number can no longer be represented with 4-bits
Step 6: Set Up the LEDs for the Output (Adder)
The output bit from the first FULL ADDER will directly be hooked up as the LSB (Least Significant Bit) of the resulting output.
The output bit from the second FULL ADDER will be hooked up to the second bit from the right of the resulting output, and so forth.
*Unlike the standard ¼ watt resistors we use to pull-down, the LEDs are polarized component and the direction of electron flows matter (because they are diodes). Therefore, it is important to assure that we connect the longer leg of the LED to be hooked up to the power and the shorter to the ground.
Lastly, the final CARRY bit is connected to pin 8 of the OR gate. Which represents the carry from the MSB (Most Significant Bit) and it will allow us to compute any two 4-bit binary numbers.
(it will only be lit up if the computed output exceeds 1111 in binary)
Step 7: Set Up the Power Supply (Subtractor)
The same power supply can be used to power up the SUBTRACTOR.
Step 8: Set Up the DIP Switch
Same as Adder.
Step 9: Set Up the Logic Gates (Subtractor)
Although a similar approach can be followed, subtractors require a NOT gate to be used before it feeds to the AND gate. Thus, in this case, I have placed the XOR, NOT, AND, OR, XOR, NOT and AND respectively (4070,74LS04, 74LS08,74LS32, 4070, 74LS04 and 74LS08).
Due to the limitation of the standard size breadboard having a length of 63 holes, the AND is connected on top.
As we did for the ADDER, connect the pin 14 of logic chips to the positive rail and the pin 7 to the ground to activate the chips.
Step 10: Wire the Logic Gates (Subtractor)
Based on the schematic and appropriate datasheet, wire the gates accordingly. It is important to notice that the very first input borrow bit is zero, thus it can simply be grounded.
Because we are making a 4-bit SUBTRACTOR, the output borrow will consistently be fed to the input borrow of the other SUBTRACTOR until we get to the last unit.
*Note that the additional LED on pin 8 on the OR gate represents the last borrow bit. It will only be lit up when the subtraction of two 4-bit numbers represents the negative number.
Step 11: Set Up the LEDS for the Output
The output bit from the first SUBTRACTOR will directly be hooked up as the LSB (Least Significant Bit) of the resulting output.
The output bit from the second SUBTRACTOR will be hooked up to the second bit from the right of the resulting output, and so forth.
Lastly, the final BORROW bit is connected to pin 8 of the OR gate. Which represents the BORROW to the MSB of the minuend. This LED is only turned on if the Subtrahend is greater than the Minuend. Since we are computing in binary, the negative sign does not exist; thus, the negative number will be computed in 2’s complement of its positive form. In this way, the subtraction of any two 4-bit numbers can be done.