Revisiting the serial receive logic

A project log for Discrete YASEP

a 16-bits YASEP computer (mostly) made of DIP/SOIC chips like in the 70s and 80s... with 2010's twists!

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 11/03/2015 at 01:230 Comments

As the P1A board progresses, the time is coming to implement the circuit studied in

The design has two shortcomings : the incomplete validation of the start bit and the absence of an external reset. Upon power-up, the circuit might send spurious data. A third safeguard would be to block/stall the receiver if the stop bit is 0, until it returns to 1. This way, a dangling input will not be decoded as a stream of 0s...

So it's a 4-states finite state machine:

This might be implemented as a 1-hot FSM using a '273 (running off the 3.6864MHz main clock) because it has a CLR input too, which can be controlled with a general active-low RESET signal. 5 of the '273's D-latches are used, 3 might be used for other purposes.

We can also play with the active level of each state. For example, [0]=0 is the reset state so it is active low. If we define [3] as active low too, but [1] and [2] high, then CLR=[1] or [2], or CLR=/([0] or [3].


Now I wonder if / how easily one can merge states [0] and [1].