LOGIC DESIGNER
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If you have never built a digital circuit before, this is where you start.
Our LOGIC DESIGNER is the beginning to digital designing and can be used in 2 ways.
Firstly it can be used by itself to perform counting operations in either binary or decimal or it can be combined with any of the "bread-boarding" systems currently available in all major electronics shops.
This will enable you to design and test digital circuits.

FEATURES

Inbuilt power supply
Tests TTL or CMOS circuits
Tests transistors
Provides clock pulses and ONE-SHOT
0 - 9 readout
Binary readout
4 HIGH - LOW logic probes



Top view of the Logic Designer
The board is designed to fit onto a Jiffy or Zippy box in place of the plastic lid.


Front view of the Logic Designer

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The Logic Designer circuit diagram.
To keep the circuit diagram uncluttered, we have omitted R1....R36 and C1...C4. Parts should be located by reference  to IC pin Nos or transistor leads.
Do NOT change the voltage-tap when the power is ON. It will cause over 18v to appear on the power rail!

 
 The 7805 voltage regulator pinout
WHAT DOES THE LOGIC DESIGNER DO?
The logic designer is filled with features. It would not be possible to list all the possible combinations of the unit as the various building blocks on the board can be interconnected to obtain a wide variety of counting and testing stages. You will be able to see what we mean after you build the project and start to interconnect the blocks yourself.
But we can give an outline of some of the features we have specially incorporated into the board. You can consider the DESIGNER as a piece of test equipment. It is specially designed for testing digital circuits. In fact it will only test digital circuits. So don't expect to get any results from an audio amplifier or radio. The type of digital circuits we are interested in have presented in the pages of this e-magazine and with this tester you will be able to detect the logic levels at 4 different points on a particular project, at the same time. This is very handy when you are attempting to locate a HIGH on the output of a decade counter such as a CD 401 7. With its 10 outputs sequencing in a rather awkward order of 3, 2, 4, 7, 10, 1, 5, 6, 9, 11, it would be handy to connect up the outputs and read them off in a logical order. This you can do with the 4 buffered HlGH detectors on the DESIGNER. 
Or take the situation where one delay circuit is to trip the next circuit and finally gate a counting circuit. Here you can use two of the buffer detectors and either the decade counter or the binary counter to get a readout. You will then be able to compare the tally of the project under test with the LOGIC DESIGNER tally.
The "one-shot" is especially useful for pulsing a circuit. Since it is fully de-bounced, it will produce a clean pulse to clock any digital counting circuit, just ONE count. And there is no chance of it giving two quick pulses. The 555 has a delay of about 0.1 seconds so the maximum repetition rate is 10Hz, but the output does not change until the button is released. You will not be able to achieve 10Hz manually. If you wish to clock a circuit at 10Hz, the 10Hz clock is available. This can be divided down to one of eight slower frequencies via the binary counter chip. As I said, it is not until you get into it yourself that you will understand the full range of possibilities for this piece of equipment.
All the components come properly packed and the IC's are protected in either foam or an IC sleeve. When you take them out, don't throw the IC's in with the other components because the static electricity may damage them. Always keep them protected and don't handle them unnecessarily. Once they are fitted into IC sockets, they are quite safe and robust.

FEATURES OF THE LOGIC DESIGNER
1. AC power
2. Battery power
3. 1.5 amp in-built power supply
4. 'One-Shot'
5. 10Hz clock
6. Divide by 10
7. 0 - 9 counter
8. Transistor Tester
9. 4 Buffer Amplifiers
10. Binary counter


1. An in-built fully-regulated power supply using a 3-terminal regulator to supply 5v to 12v @ 1 amp.
2. The availability of using almost any power transformer from 6v @ 100mA to 18v @ 2 amps to supply the LOGIC DESIGNER as well as some to spare for any external circuit being constructed.
3. Battery operation: 6v to 12v.
4. A "one-shot" circuit with 300mA capability using a 555 to clock an external counting circuit. The push-button is fully debounced and has a maximum repetition rate of 10Hz.
5. A 10Hz clock using a 555 to give good driving facility to any circuit you are designing.
6. A decade divider provided by a CD 4026 to give a 5Hz or 1 Hz clock rate.
7. A 0 - 9 counter using a CD 4026 and a FND 500 7-segment display. This must have a noise-free high-amplitude input signal to give an accurate readout.
8. A transistor tester to test all those unknown PNP or NPN transistors. You will be able to find out their correct lead configuration, their polarity and the fact that they do actually work.
9. Four buffer amplifiers to detect HIGH pulses on digital circuits. This will save you trying to find 4 multimeters.
10. A binary counter reading up to 128. This will teach you binary readouts and give you the availability of frequency division by 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64.

By combining two or more of these features you will be able to create your own detection circuits, frequency dividing circuits and counting circuits. The scope is enormous and it will take but a few moments of experimenting for you to really become familiar with the possibilities.

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