Computer Logical Organization Overview


In the modern world of electronic, the term Digital is generally associated with a computer because the term Digital is derived from the way computers perform operation, by counting digits. For many years, the application of digital electronics was only in the computer system. But now-a-days, the digital electronic is used in many other applications. Following are some of the examples in which Digital electronics is heavily used.

  • Industrial process control

  • Military system

  • Television

  • Communication system

  • Medical equipment

  • Radar

  • navigation


Signal can be defined as a physical quantity, which contains some information. It is a function of one or more than one independent variables. Signals are of two types.

  • Analog Signal

  • Digital Signal

Analog Signal

An analog signal is defined as the signal having continuous values. Analog signal can have infinite number of different values. In real world scenario, most of the things observed in nature are analog. Examples of the analog signals are following.

  • Temperature

  • Pressure

  • Distance

  • Sound

  • Voltage

  • Current

  • Power

Graphical representation of Analog Signal (Temperature)

Analog Signal

The circuits that process the analog signals are called as analog circuits or system. Examples of the analog system are following.

  • Filter

  • Amplifiers

  • Television receiver

  • motor speed controller

Disadvantage of the Analog Systems

  • Less accuracy

  • Less versatility

  • More noise effect

  • More distortion

  • More effect of weather

Digital Signal

A digital signal is defined as the signal which has only a finite number of distinct values. Digital signal are not continuous signal. In the digital electronic calculator, the input is given with the help of switches. This input is converted into electrical signal which having two discrete values or levels. One of these may be called low level and another is called high level. The signal will always be one of the two levels. This type of signal is called digital signal. Examples of the digital signal are following.

  • Binary Signal

  • Octal Signal

  • Hexadecimal Signal

Graphical representation of the Digital Signal (Binary)

Digital Signal

The circuits that process that digital signal are called digital systems or digital circuits. Examples of the digital systems are following.

  • Registers

  • Flip-flop

  • Counters

  • Microprocessors

Advantage of Digital Systems

  • More accuracy

  • More versatility

  • Less distortion

  • Easy communicate

  • Possible storage of information

Comparison of Analog and Digital Signal

S.N.Analog SignalDigital Signal
1Analog signal has a infinite values. Digital signal has a finite number of the values.
2Analog signal has a continuous nature.Digital signal has a discrete nature.
3Analog signal is generate by transducers and signal generators.Digital signal is generate by A to D converter.
4Example of analog signal: sine wave, triangular waves.Example of digital signal: binary signal.