Students will explore various types of counters, and will use Multisim to build, simulate, and observe circuits. Students will become familiar with the differences between synchronous and asynchronous counters, and observe theoretically and practically that flip flops are the building blocks of counters.
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This is lab 11 of 17 in the course, Digital Electronics.


After completing this lab, students will:
  1. Become familiar with the differences between synchronous and asynchronous counters.
  2. Observe theoretically and practically that flip-flops are the building blocks of counters.
  3. Explore the workings of different types of counters and their practical applications using Multisim and the Digital Electronics Board.


  • Introductory Physics
  • Circuits 1


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.


Multisim is a circuit simulation tool built for educators to teach analog, digital, and power electronics by connecting simulation to experimentation. 

Digital Systems Development Board for NI ELVIS III

An application board for NI ELVIS III that provides students with a comprehensive education in digital electronics with hands-on experiments to interactively demonstrate concepts in the digital domain.

Required Software

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  • Multisim 14.0.1 Education or Later - Download
  • NI LabVIEW FPGA Vivado 2014.4 - Download
  • Digilent Hardware Driver (note, the installer above automatically downloads the installer below onto your computer)
    • Navigate to C:\NIFPGA\programs\Vivado2014_4\data\xicom\cable_drivers\nt64\digilent
    • Install install_digilent.exe

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