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. 921-5652
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z96
HK$101.94
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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. 170-8196
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z
BrandIntersil
HK$87.202
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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. 923-1477
Mfr. Part No.CS82C54-10Z96
HK$55.72
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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$94.01
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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. 921-5377
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
HK$12.87
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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$1.368
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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$2.64
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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. 534-3992
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CM/NOPB
HK$16.71
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 518-9518
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
HK$3.54
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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. 121-8803
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CM/NOPB
HK$4.361
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 146-2399
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
HK$9.442
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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. 688-1543
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDR2G
HK$3.192
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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. 162-7010
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
HK$0.846
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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. 528-410
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IDR
HK$5.139
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 620-0357
Mfr. Part No.TLC555ID
HK$5.738
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
HK$3.028
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 30mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 145-1051
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
HK$2.122
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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. 921-5374
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
HK$5.16
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 806-2832
Mfr. Part No.LM555CM
HK$2.083
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Surface Mount Reset SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-1999
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BEE4
HK$3.028
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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
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