Differences between Synchronous and Asynchronous Counter

Counters are of two types depending upon clock pulse applied. These counters are: Asynchronous counter, and Synchronous counter.
In Asynchronous Counter is also known as Ripple Counter, different flip flops are triggered with different clock, not simultaneously. While in Synchronous Counter, all flip flops are triggered with same clock simultaneously and Synchronous Counter is faster than asynchronous counter in operation.

Let’s see the difference between these two counters:



S.NO Synchronous Counter Asynchronous Counter
1. In synchronous counter, all flip flops are triggered with same clock simultaneously. In asynchronous counter, different flip flops are triggered with different clock, not simultaneously.
2. Synchronous Counter is faster than asynchronous counter in operation. Asynchronous Counter is slower than synchronous counter in operation.
3. Synchronous Counter does not produce any decoding errors. Asynchronous Counter produces decoding error.
4. Synchronous Counter is also called Serial Counter. Asynchronous Counter is also called Parallel Counter.
5. Synchronous Counter designing as well implementation are complex due to increasing the number of states. Asynchronous Counter designing as well as implementation is very easy.
6. Synchronous Counter will operate in any desired count sequence. Asynchronous Counter will operate only in fixed count sequence (UP/DOWN).
7. Synchronous Counter examples are: Ring counter, Johnson counter. Asynchronous Counter examples are: Ripple UP counter, Ripple DOWN counter.



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