CD4017 IC: pins configuration, Features and applications

CD4017 IC is a CMOS Decade counter. This IC is mostly used for low range counting applications. It counts from 0 to 10 (the decade count).  It can count from zero to ten (0-10) and its outputs are decoded. This IC takes less space and saves time to build our circuits when our application demands using a counter followed by a decoder IC. This IC also simplifies the design, used in automotive industries, electronic industries, medical electronic devices, alarms, and electronic instrumentation devices.CD 4017 ic

Features of 4017IC

CD4017 has the following main features

  • The supply voltage of this IC is 3V to 15V DC typically 5v.
  • Supports 10 decoded outputs (0-9).
  • Maximum Clock Frequency: 5.5Mhz.
  • TTL (Transistor-Transistor Logic) compatible.
  • Available in 16-pin PDIP, GDIP, PDSO packages.

PIN Description of CD4017 IC


 IC 4017 – Pin Configuration

  • Pins 1 to 7 and 9 to 11 are outputs pins.
  • These pins change to ‘high’ level one by one according to the output sequence. For each clock signal, each pin goes high.

Clock Inhibit/Enable pin/(Pin 13)

  • EN pin(Enable Pin) enables the CD 4017 IC. It enables the IC when the pin is active low.
  • In order to switch off the IC, EN pin should be connected to active high input. When this pin is active high, it stops the clock signals.

Clock pin(pin 14)

  • Clock Pin provides signals to the IC for sequential output.
  • When the first clock pulse is applied on Clock pin then pin 5 goes high (its output 0).
  • The clock input pin only responds to the positive voltage signal or positive clock.

Reset pin(Pin 15)

  • Reset pin resets the output of the sequence so output goes on pin 3 as its reset.
  • Reset pin (pin 15) should be connected to ground in order to reset the circuit.

Ground pin & supply pin(Pin 8 & Pin 16)

Pin number 8 is the ground pin and it is connected to negative supply voltage while pin 16 is the supply pin for CD4017 integrated circuit and it is connected to positive voltage supply 3v to 16v.

Counting operation of CD4017 IC using waveforms

 IC 4017 – Pin Configuration

This is the timing diagram of the CD4017 ic that shows us the comparison and also explains the counting sequence of the outputs (Q0-Q9) shifting from one pin to the next pin in sequence.

Application of CD4017

Here are some circuits where CD4017 is commonly used

  • 3X3 LED cube circuit
  • Police lights circuit
  • Clap on and off switch circuit
  • Unbiased digital dice circuit
  • Automatic washroom lights control
  • Adjustable Timer circuit
  • LED Running Light