This month Circuit Thursday passed its six month milestone and we are so happy for its positive reception! We began the weekly series as a way to interact and challenge our followers with circuit projects built from components and instrumentation found around the Digilent office. As the community grew, we continued to rely on our master circuit builder for amazing creations that we could share with you, however, there are some questions that continue to come up. While many of you have hopefully participated at one point or another, we would like to celebrate this six month milestone by exploring what the Circuit Thursday community means to us by answering some of your common questions.
Thank you for playing #guessthecircuit this #CircuitThursday! Our circuit was a sequential logic circuit that counts, in binary, sequentially from 000 to 111 before reseting (or counts from 0 to 7 in decimal values). Initial values of Q0-Q2 are irrelevant, because at the next clock cycle the count will increment and reset to 000. The three blocks shown are D-type flip-flops from 74LS74D ICs, with the preset and clear pins driven high and thus ignored. We'll be back next week with another chance to #guessthecircuit, but join us at 12:30pm PST today for another new segment of #DigilentLive!
How do I participate?
As the promotional planner behind the Circuit Thursday posts, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how do I participate?”. When beginning our Circuit Thursday series we reviewed some of the ins and outs of participation in the blog post What is Circuit Thursday?. Since the launch date, the series has changed slightly as we now post exclusively to Instagram, however much of how we started is the same. Every Thursday, our social media followers can check into the Digilent Instagram account to see our Circuit Thursday challenge. If you think you have the solution, leave a comment below the post and check back the following day for the answer. We love reading through your detailed and knowledgable responses, however, if you’re new to circuits don’t worry about an in-depth analysis of how the circuit works. Simply leave your best guess and join our growing circuit community!
Where can I go to learn more about circuits?
The second most common question I hear is “where can I go to learn more about circuits?”. We have recently updated the Digilent Wiki with tons of references and projects for your circuit building needs. To access these resources you will need to browse our circuit-related products by clicking on the product name and scrolling past the images. Under each product’s images you will find different resources, such as tutorials and example projects, that you may find useful in guiding your circuit education. We have also been working on a secret project that will be announced soon, but in the meantime you can visit the Digilent Learn site and browse Individual Projects for both analog and digital related circuit concepts. There are some interesting circuits lessons in the Classroom tab, where you can review basic analog circuit principles through the Real Analog collection.
If you have already reviewed all of these resources to your heart’s content, our master of circuitry similarly suggests Google as an awesome resource. He has recommended some of his favorite resources during Digilent Live programs on Instagram (tune in Friday for live Q&As!), some of which include Google search results and books by Forrest M. Mims III.
What materials do I need to build my own circuits at home?
Finally, if you want to join our Circuit Thursday community from the comfort of home, there are a number of products we generally use when building our circuits. Our favorite is the Analog Parts Kit, which comes with a variety of components and useful ICs to build almost any circuit. We often use this kit in combination with the Analog Discovery 2 to measure, visualize, generate, record, and control our mixed-signal circuits.
Another popular kit with additional motors and LED options is the Project Starter Kit, which was built with digital projects in mind. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced circuit builder looking for new components, both kits are good options and can be found discounted when purchased in one of our new Analog Discovery 2 bundles.
We want to thank you for your ongoing support and hope to continue entertaining you with future Circuit Thursday posts!
As always, if you have any suggestions for future improvement (or general comments about the series) feel free to leave us a comment below or send us a direct message. We greatly enjoy hearing your feedback about ways to improve our social media content!