The periode of the this circuit is 9, and i want to build a digital circuit with only J-K flip flops.
Here is my argument, I can tell there is nine different states that leads to four possible combinations, for instance 0 results in 00 ... . In order to describe these nine states we need at least four bits, so we need four J-K flip flops to fully design the digital circuit.
There is also another argument, says, count the number of maximum occurrence, this would be the minimum number of logical ports that require to build the circuit. To clarify myself, here the 11 state comes four times and the rest each one or three times.
Are these two arguments equivalent? I had a very brief course on digital circuit at college, so i appreciate any reference to a reliable source if my question too general to be answered here.