Monostable Multivibrators

Monostable multivibrators, also known as one-shot multivibrators, are a type of electronic circuit that can be used as a timer. They have one stable and one unstable state. The unstable state is caused by a trigger pulse. This state is transient, so the circuit always returns to stability after a fixed time has elapsed. 


Generally, monostable multivibrator circuits are composed of two transistors, coupled with one resistor-capacitor network and one resistor network. These networks are what determines the length of time before the circuit returns to its stable state, after being triggered. 


What are monostable multivibrators used for?

Monostable multivibrators are used to produce a specific timed delay within a circuit. Therefore, they can broadly be used as timers or as pulse detectors in electronic equipment. 


Types of monostable multivibrators

There are two types of monostable multivibrators:

  • Retriggerable monostable multivibrators will remain in the unstable state with repeated application of the trigger pulse.
  • Non-retriggerable monostable multivibrators are unaffected by further trigger pulses, and will remain in the unstable state only for the predetermined period of time. 

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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 30 ns 600 ns @ 5 V 0.1mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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Mfr. Part No.74HCT123D,652
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74HCT Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4mA 4mA 30 ns 77 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount SO 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
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AHC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -8mA 8mA 5 ns 24.1 ns @ 3.3 V 0.004mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 500 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
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LTC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -16mA +16mA 1 μs 28 ns @ 5 pF - Surface Mount TSOT-23 6 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 2.9mm
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Mfr. Part No.LTC6993CS6-2#TRMPBF
HK$30.50
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LTC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -16mA +16mA 1 μs 28 ns @ 5 pF - Surface Mount TSOT-23 6 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 2.9mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 305 ns @ 5 V 0.08mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 13 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.004mA Surface Mount SOP 16 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10.3mm
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MC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.36mA 2.4mA 10 μs 1000 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
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LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns - 20µA Surface Mount SM 8 3.15 x 2.9 x 1.2mm 1.2mm 3.15mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 25 ns 760 ns @ 5 V 20mA Surface Mount SOP 16 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10.3mm
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 14 ns 250 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 80 ns 600 ns @ 5 V 0.7mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 4.7mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4.2 (Minimum)mA 4.2 (Minimum)mA 5 ns 600 ns @ 50 pF 600µA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10.45 x 7.6 x 2.4mm 2.4mm 10.45mm
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Mfr. Part No.74HC4538D,652
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 14 ns 265 ns@ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
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