Subtraction almost doesn't need its own page. That is because if you remember your basic math you never actually need to subtract anything! Subtraction is really just an easy way to write add the opposite. When we subtract we are really not performing a special operation, but really we are just adding the opposite of the second operand.
Addition is a very important function that allows for the basis of a lot of designs. In order to add two numbers, we first need to decide what number encoding to use. Since the most common is binary, we will be using that.
A multiplexer is a circuit that allows you to select one of many inputs to be it's output. The output mirrors the selected input, so when that input is 0 the output is 0, when it is 1 the output is 1.
Up until now we have only talked about discreet 0s and 1s. For many cases a single bit is all you need, however, many times you need to be able to encode numbers. The far most common way to do this is to use binary encoding. This encoding is the most obvious way to do things, and it is the closest to what you are already familiar with.
There are two main types of digital circuits. The first, and the one we are covering here, is called combinational logic. For a circuit to be considered combinational, it's output must be the same for a given input no matter when that input is applied. An example of this is an addition circuit.
What is digital logic? As you may or may not already know digital systems are based on two logic levels which are usually represented as 1's and 0's. These values are manipulated via a handful of "logic gates" which are covered in this tutorial.
This tutorial will cover how an FPGA can implement so many different logic circuits simply by being reprogrammed.
So what exactly is an FPGA? You may have heard the term thrown around, or maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about. Either way, FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) are amazing devices that now allow the average person to create their very own digital circuits. The cost has come down enough that you don't have to be a huge company to get your hands dirty.