This article is about the "DIGI-COMP I" device ... a mechanical calculating toy from 1963.

DIGI-COMP was designed for manual operation. For better visibility, an Arduino-based motor mechanism is added here.

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On first look DIGI-COMP appears to be quite outdated and limited, even for retro-enthusiasts.

But all these levers, sliders and rods implement a finite-state-machine with flip-flops and a combinatorical AND/OR logic matrix, so it is quite timeless and is a great model to teach logic design.

In this article series you find videos showing DIGI-COMPs operation, the manuals, links to other pages, operation details, theory of logic functions in normal form, similarity to modern FPGAs and a discussion about Turing completeness.

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DIGI-COMP I - Introduction Written by Administrator
DIGI-COMP I - Show Case Project Written by Administrator
DIGI-COMP I - Detailed Function Written by Administrator
DIGI-COMP I - A Computer ? Written by Administrator
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