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# BCD to Excess-3 conversion

To understand the process of converting BCD to Excess-3, it is required to have knowledge of Number System and Number Base Conversion.

The Excess-3 binary code is an example of a self-complementary BCD code. A self-complementary binary code is a code which is always complimented in itself. By replacing the bit 0 to 1 and 1 to 0 of a number, we find the 1’s complement of the number. The sum of the 1’st complement and the binary number of a decimal is equal to the binary number of decimal 9.

The process of converting BCD to Excess-3 is quite simple from other conversions. The Excess-3 code can be calculated by adding 3, i.e., 0011 to each four-digit BCD code. Below is the truth table for the conversion of BCD to Excess-3 code. In the below table, the variables A, B, C, and D represent the bits of the binary numbers. The variable ‘D’ represents the LSB, and the variable ‘A’ represents the MSB. In the same way, the variables w, x, y, and z represent the bits of the Excess-3 code. The variable ‘z’ represents the LSB, and the variable ‘w’ represents the MSB. The ‘don’t care conditions’ is expressed by the variable ‘X’.

Decimal NumberBCD CodeExcess-3 Code
ABCDWxyz
000000011
100010100
200100101
300110110
401000111
501011000
601101001
701111010
810001011
910011100
101010XXXX
111011XXXX
121100XXXX
131101XXXX
141110XXXX
151111XXXX

Now, we will use the K-map method to design the logical circuit for the conversion of BCD to Excess-3 code as: So,

w=A+BC+BD
x=B’ C+B’ D+BC’ D’
y=CD+C’D’
z=D’ Example: (100001011001)BCD

To find the Excess-3 code of the given Excess-3 code, first, we will make the group of 4 bits from right to left. Then, we will add 0011 in each group of 4 bits in order to get the excess-3 code. ## Excess-3 to BCD conversion

The process of converting Excess-3 to BCD is opposite to the process of converting BCD to Excess-3. The BCD code can be calculated by subtracting 3, i.e., 0011 from each four-digit Excess-3 code. Below is the truth table for the conversion of Excess-3 code to BCD. In the below table, the variables w, x, y, and z represent the bits of the Excess-3 code. The variable ‘z’ represents the LSB, and the variable ‘w’ represents the MSB. In the same way, the variables A, B, C, and D represent the bits of the binary numbers. The variable ‘D’ represents the LSB, and the variable ‘A’ represents the MSB. The ‘don’t care conditions’ is defined by the variable ‘X’.

Decimal NumberExcess-3 CodeBCD Code
ABCDWxyz
00000XXXX
10001XXXX
20010XXXX
300110000
401000001
501010010
601100011
701110100
810000101
910010110
1010100111
1110111000
1211001001
131101XXXX
141110XXXX
151111XXXX

Now, we will use the K-map method to design the logical circuit for the conversion of Excess-3 code to BCD as: So,

w=AB+ACD
B=x’ y’+x’ z’+xyz
C=y’ z+yz’
D=z’

Example: (101110001100)Excess-3

To find the BCD code of the given BCD number, first, we make the group of 4 bits from right to left. Then, we subtract 0011 in each group of 4 bits in order to get the BCD code. 