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4516 Binary Counter Kit (incomplete)

4516 Binary Counter Kit (incomplete)

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The 4516 Binary Counter Kit by MitchElectronics lets you experiment with the 4516 4-bit binary counter, including count direction, preload, reset, and BCD counting. Excellent for beginners and teaching logic circuits.

The kit is a circuit that shows you how the 4516 Binary Up/Down counter works, integrating a counter, debounce circuit, and even a BCD reset (more on this later). At the heart of this kit is the 4516 4-bit binary counter, which is a part of the 4000 series of logic chips, manufactured by numerous companies (TI, RCA, HGSEMI, etc.), and is extremely popular in discrete logic circuits. Like typical counters, this chip has a 4-bit output representing the current count, a clock input, reset input, and direction input.

However, the 4516 also integrates a 4-bit input and load pin which allows for the counter to be present to a specific value. This can be extremely handy if needing to change the output to some arbitrary number, and can be thought of pre-setting a countdown kitchen timer.

In addition to the 4516, the kit also integrates the 4511 7-SEG BCD decoder chip, which takes in binary numbers and converts them to a decimal number that can be shown on a 7 segment display. However, because the chip can only drive one display, numbers greater than 9 are shown as a blank screen. This IC will not be looked at in detail in this kit, but will be in future kits.

The clock input to the 4516 is selectable (via SW3) between a push button and a relaxation oscillator, which allows for either manual clocking, or having the 4516 automatically count up and down. With regards to the count direction, a small slide switch (SW6) allows for setting the direction.

To demonstrate counting in binary vs. counting in decimal, an additional switch (SW1) has been provided which allows for resetting the 4516 either by the reset button (SW5) or a secondary glue logic circuit (Q1 and Q2). The glue logic will reset the 4516 when it reaches the value of 10, making the counter count from 0 to 9. However, this only works when incrementing, and will not work when decrementing.

Product specifics

  • Component Count: TBD
  •  Battery Powered: Yes
  • Operating Voltage: 3V – 9V
  • Operating Frequency: N/A
  • Dimensions (PCB): TBD
  • Mounting Holes: Yes – 4 x M4 (TBD)
  • Prebuilt: No – Kit form
  • Batteries Not Included

Included in this kit

  • TBD


The 4516 Binary Counter board is an ideal kit for those looking to learn how to use binary counters with numerous features including increment, decrement, reset, and preload. Furthermore, as this kit also integrates glue logic for creating a BCD counter, the kit also teaches how to use RTL logic in designs, as well as the issues faced when implementing such logic into circuits. Finally, with the inclusion of the 4511 7 segment decoder, the kit can also teach about how to use LED displays along with relaxation oscillators via the on-board LM358.


Note that product specifics such as output frequency depend on the tolerance of the components. The numbers provided here are an approximation only.

All parts sold by MitchElectronics are compliant with RoHS and REACH directives which ensure that they can be used in commercial environments as well as complying with environmental laws.



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