For Project 2, we built a hexadecimal (0-9 then A-F) counter, turned it into a two-digit hexadecimal counter, and then made a 4-bit number adder (which would result in a 5-bit number). The pins/buttons on the breadboard were used to control the number displayed on the seven-segment displays.
For Task 1, I created a circuit in VHDL that would take in 4 bits and use them to control the seven parts of the seven-segment display and create combinations of the segments to make numbers and letters. 3, for example, was made by having segments 0, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on. The decimal number 3 in 4-bit binary is 0011, so my VHDL file had segments 0, 3, 4, 5, and 6 equal 1 when the input was 0011. This was done for all 7 segments; each one was told which number to be on for. In order to change the number that is input, a counter is needed, which would count from 0000 (0 in hexadecimal) to 1111 (F in hexadecimal). To that end, I put a counter into a BDF (block diagram file), which counts up from 0000 to 11111, and which goes back to zero either after being pressed following reaching F or when the reset button is pressed at any time. The output from the counter goes through the symbol file version of the VHDL file (called "real7seg" here), then gets output to the 7 segments making up one of the 7-segment displays on the breadboard. Task 1's block diagram picture is not included, but follows closely to that of Task 2, pictured beneath its description.
Task 2 was to make a counter that, like the one in Task 1, counts up from 0 to F, except this time, on two 7-segment displays.