CD4033 Decade Counter With Ripple Blanking

Introduction: CD4033 Decade Counter With Ripple Blanking

In this instructable we'll demonstrate how to build a counter with ripple blanking using the CD4033 counter and decoder IC with 7 segment displays. Watch the video to see my build on breadboard.

Here we are clocking the counter with a push button switch just for demonstration purposes but you could clock this display in any number of ways such as breaking a light beam between a laser diode and a photocell. Any clean clock pulse source will work.

Step 1: Circuit Diagram

The schematic diagram shows you how to connect the IC's and displays together. Note that for this test circuit we are using push buttons for clocking, resetting and disabling the display. Any clean clock pulse source can be used to increment the display. Pressing the clock pulse button should increment the counter by 1, pressing the reset button should set all counters to zero, pressing the Lamp Test button should light up all displays with an 8, i.e all segments on.

This type of IC does provide ripple blanking so the 10's and 100's displays will be blank when not in use. With ripple blanking engaged, when a counter is at zero the IC will blank the display. When the 100's counter is in use, it uses the ripple blanking line to tell the 10's counter to display zero's and ignore the fact that it is at zero.

Build your circuit so that the 1's display is on the right and the 100's on the left so that it is the right way around. So the top I.C and display (1's) in the diagram is the one that goes on the right and the bottom IC and display (100's) goes on the left to create a display the right way around. 7-Segment displays used in this circuit are common cathode type displays. We can get away with connecting the IC's directly to the displays without using current limiting resistors because the IC's limit current for us as well. If you have any trouble with noise causing the display to increment unexpectedly, try placing a couple of 0.1 uF capacitors across the power source from Vcc to Gnd.

Step 2: Parts List

3 - FJ5101AH 7-segment display
3 - CD4033 decade counter/7 segment decoder IC
4 - 10K resistors
3 - Push button switches
1 - 1uF capacitor
0.1uF bypass capacitors (optional)
Jumper wires
4.5V to 5V power source (e.g 3 AA batteries)

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