Forbidden Inputs are not always Don’t Care terms. -Don’t-care term –State Machine —Power-up states Further considerations are needed for logic circuits that involve some feedback. That is, those circuits that depend on the previous output(s) of the circuit as well as its current external inputs. Such circuits can be represented by a state machine. It is sometimes possible that some states that are nominally can’t-happen conditions can accidentally be generated during power-up of the circuit or else by random interference (like cosmic radiation, electrical noise or heat). This is also called forbidden input. In some cases, there is no combination of inputs that can exit the state machine into a normal operational state. The machine remains stuck in the power-up state or can be moved only between other can’t-happen states in a walled garden of states. This is also called a hardware lockup or soft error. Such states, while nominally can’t-happen, are not don’t-care, and designers take steps either to ensure that they are really made can’t-happen, or else if they do happen, that they create a don’t-care alarm indicating an emergency state for error detection, or they are transitory and lead to a normal operational state.

Forbidden Inputs are not always Don’t Care terms.

-Don’t-care term

–State Machine
—Power-up states
Further considerations are needed for logic circuits that involve some feedback. That is, those circuits that depend on the previous output(s) of the circuit as well as its current external inputs. Such circuits can be represented by a state machine. It is sometimes possible that some states that are nominally can’t-happen conditions can accidentally be generated during power-up of the circuit or else by random interference (like cosmic radiation, electrical noise or heat). This is also called forbidden input.
In some cases, there is no combination of inputs that can exit the state machine into a normal operational state. The machine remains stuck in the power-up state or can be moved only between other can’t-happen states in a walled garden of states. This is also called a hardware lockup or soft error. Such states, while nominally can’t-happen, are not don’t-care, and designers take steps either to ensure that they are really made can’t-happen, or else if they do happen, that they create a don’t-care alarm indicating an emergency state for error detection, or they are transitory and lead to a normal operational state.

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