This set of Digital Circuits Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Asynchronous Counter”.

1. A ripple counter’s speed is limited by the propagation delay of _____________

a) Each flip-flop

b) All flip-flops and gates

c) The flip-flops only with gates

d) Only circuit gates

2. One of the major drawbacks to the use of asynchronous counters is that ____________

a) Low-frequency applications are limited because of internal propagation delays

b) High-frequency applications are limited because of internal propagation delays

c) Asynchronous counters do not have major drawbacks and are suitable for use in high- and low-frequency counting applications

d) Asynchronous counters do not have propagation delays, which limits their use in high-frequency applications

3. How many natural states will there be in a 4-bit ripple counter?

a) 4

b) 8

c) 16

d) 32

4. Internal propagation delay of asynchronous counter is removed by ____________

a) Ripple counter

b) Ring counter

c) Modulus counter

d) Synchronous counter

5. How many flip-flops are required to construct a decade counter?

a) 4

b) 8

c) 5

d) 10

6. How many different states does a 3-bit asynchronous counter have?

a) 2

b) 4

c) 8

d) 16

7. What happens to the parallel output word in an asynchronous binary down counter whenever a clock pulse occurs?

a) The output increases by 1

b) The output decreases by 1

c) The output word increases by 2

d) The output word decreases by 2

8. The terminal count of a typical modulus-10 binary counter is ____________

a) 0000

b) 1010

c) 1001

d) 1111

9. A 5-bit asynchronous binary counter is made up of five flip-flops, each with a 12 ns propagation delay. The total propagation delay (tp(total)) is ____________

a) 12 ms

b) 24 ns

c) 48 ns

d) 60 ns

10. A 4-bit ripple counter consists of flip-flops, which each have a propagation delay from clock to Q output of 15 ns. For the counter to recycle from 1111 to 0000, it takes a total of ____________

a) 15 ns

b) 30 ns

c) 45 ns

d) 60 ns

11. A ripple counter’s speed is limited by the propagation delay of ____________

a) Each flip-flop

b) All flip-flops and gates

c) The flip-flops only with gates

d) Only circuit gates

12. An asynchronous 4-bit binary down counter changes from count 2 to count 3. How many transitional states are required?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 8

d) 15

13. Three cascaded decade counters will divide the input frequency by ____________

a) 10

b) 20

c) 100

d) 1000

14. A 4-bit counter has a maximum modulus of ____________

a) 3

b) 6

c) 8

d) 16

15. A principle regarding most display decoders is that when the correct input is present, the related output will switch ____________

a) HIGH

b) To high impedance

c) To an open

d) LOW