Timer Circuits

Timer circuits are used to control sequences of events in electronic systems. They work by changing the circuit from one state to another in advance. 


Applications for timer circuits

You can use timer circuits for basic timing functions, like turning a light on for a certain amount of time or creating a flashing light. They can also be used to create musical notes of a particular frequency.


555 timers

The most widespread type of timer circuit is the 555 timer, which is made up of an eight-pin dual in-line package containing 25 transistors, two diodes and 16 resistors. They can be used as either astable or monostable timers: 

  • Monostable: Often called a one-shot timer, a monostable timer stays on for a certain length of time and then turns off. The timing process starts when the timer is switched on.
  • Astable: An astable timer is switched on to provide a constant on/off digital output. The timer can be used make an LED flash, and the rate of flashing is determined by a capacitor in the circuit.

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RS Stock No. 785-818
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
HK$3.92
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
HK$2.657
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 866-0199
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
HK$2.257
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Adjustable and Monostable PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA 300 ns @ 15 pF
RS Stock No. 170-8196
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z
BrandIntersil
HK$87.202
Each (In a Tube of 37)
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Surface Mount Programmable PLCC 1 28 10MHz 4.5 V 5.5 V 0 °C +70 °C - 2.5mA -2.5mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 221-5535
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
HK$2.719
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 923-1477
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z96
HK$74.652
Each (On a Reel of 750)
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Surface Mount Programmable PLCC 1 28 10MHz 4.5 V 5.5 V 0 °C +70 °C - 2.5mA -2.5mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 921-5582
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z
HK$98.83
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Surface Mount Programmable PLCC 1 28 10MHz 4.5 V 5.5 V 0 °C +70 °C - 2.5mA -2.5mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 921-5652
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z96
HK$108.15
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Surface Mount Programmable PLCC 1 28 10MHz 4.5 V 5.5 V 0 °C +70 °C - 2.5mA -2.5mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 162-7010
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
HK$0.691
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
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Surface Mount Standard TSSOP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 146-2399
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
HK$11.81
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 518-9518
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
HK$3.70
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 3MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.02mA 19.3mA -16.3mA 18000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 921-5377
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
HK$13.86
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 662-3999
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
HK$2.018
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Surface Mount Standard TSSOP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 178-4795
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
HK$2.736
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 3MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.02mA 19.3mA -16.3mA 18000 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 662-4668
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
HK$3.183
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 0.1MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 12.6mA -12.6mA 18000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
HK$1.874
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-1999
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
HK$3.411
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Through Hole Programmable PDIP 1 14 0.1MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 12.6mA -12.6mA 18000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 121-8948
Mfr. Part No.TLC555ID
HK$6.273
Each (In a Tube of 75)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 806-2835
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
HK$4.793
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 145-1051
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
HK$3.451
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 0.1MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 12.6mA -12.6mA 18000 ns @ 5 V
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