Design 4-bit Johnson Counter using J=K flip-flop. Explain its operation using waveform.

Mumbai University > Electronics Engineering > Sem 3 > Digital circuits and design

Marks: 10M

Year: May 2016


Since 4-bit counter is required we will use 4 J-K flip-flops.


  • Initially, a short negative going pulse is applied to the clear input of all flip-flops. This will reset all the flip-flops. Hence, initially the o/ps are $Q_3 Q_2Q_1Q_0$ =0000.

  • But $Q_3$'=1 and since it is copied to $J_0$ it is also equal to 1.

  • $J_0$ =1 and K=0.....initially.

  • On the first negative edge of clock arrives at first f/f. o/p of $Q_0$ =1.

  • after 1st –ve edge clock the o/ps of f/fs will be,

    $Q_3Q_2Q_1Q_0$ =0001

  • On second –ve clock o/p of 2nd f/f will be 1 i.e $Q_1$ =1.

  • $Q_3Q_2Q_1Q_0$ =0011

  • Similarly for 3rd –ve edge clock,


  • For 4th –ve edge clock,

    $Q_3$$Q_2$$Q_1$$Q_0 =1111$ - Now as soon as 5th –ve edge is arrived o/p of 1st f/f becomes 0 i.e $Q_0$=0 i.e $Q_3Q_2Q_1Q-0$ =1110 - This operation continues till the o/p is reached to zero o/p state. i.e $Q_3Q_2Q_1Q_0$ =0000

Logic diagram:-

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Waveforms for Johnson’s Counter

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