Up down counter using 8051 microcontroller (AT89C51)
This article shows an easy to build up down counter. The counter is based around the 8051 microcontroller (AT89C51). Two switches are provided, one for increment and second for decrement. The switches can also be replaced by sensors to increment or decrement.
In this circuit, four seven segment display are used to show the value of count. The maximum value of count is 9999. The circuit uses the concept of multiplexing of seven segment to display the value of count. For more details on seven segment multiplexing, refer article titled “Seven segment multiplexing”.
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