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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RS Stock No. 526-701
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123M
HK$4.247
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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
RS Stock No. 168-5124
Mfr. Part No.SN54LS123J
HK$90.418
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 4mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole CDIP 16 19.56 x 6.92 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.56mm
RS Stock No. 527-467
Mfr. Part No.CD14538BE
HK$3.698
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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
RS Stock No. 436-3096
Mfr. Part No.SN54LS123J
HK$105.83
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 4mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole CDIP 16 19.56 x 6.92 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.56mm
RS Stock No. 922-2833
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123DR
HK$2.385
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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
RS Stock No. 145-1068
Mfr. Part No.SN74AHC123AD
HK$2.883
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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
RS Stock No. 170-8064
Mfr. Part No.74HCT123D,652
BrandNexperia
HK$3.028
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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
RS Stock No. 662-8364
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123DR
HK$5.042
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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
RS Stock No. 527-293
Mfr. Part No.CD4098BE
HK$3.696
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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
RS Stock No. 186-9259
Mfr. Part No.74VHC123AM
HK$4.247
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VHC Monostable Multivibrator 8 -8mA 8mA 5 ns 29.5 ns @ 50 pF 40µA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 151-3351
Mfr. Part No.74HC4538PW,118
BrandNexperia
HK$1.277
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 20 ns 400 ns @ 15 pF - Surface Mount TSSOP16 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 5.1mm
RS Stock No. 124-2262
Mfr. Part No.74HC4538D,652
BrandNexperia
HK$3.686
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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
RS Stock No. 162-7430
Mfr. Part No.SN74LV221APWR
HK$4.979
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LV Monostable Multivibrator 2 -12mA 12mA 5 ns 36 ns @ 2.5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 307-632
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
HK$6.75
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 662-7226
Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT123M96
HK$2.853
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HCT Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4mA 4mA 20 ns 68 ns @ 4.5 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 919-8989
Mfr. Part No.LTC6993CS6-1TRMPBF
HK$19.883
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LVCMOS, LVTTL Monostable Multivibrator 2 -16mA 16mA 1 μs 28ns 0.2mA Surface Mount TSOT-23 6 2.9 x 1.75 x 1mm 1mm 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 368-5660
Mfr. Part No.SN74123N
HK$37.886
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.8mA 16mA 40 ns 40 ns @ 5 V 46mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 640-131
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
HK$10.33
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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
RS Stock No. 146-0416
Mfr. Part No.74HCT123PW,112
BrandNexperia
HK$4.893
Each (In a Tube of 96)
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HCT Monostable Multivibrator 1 -4mA 4mA 150 ns 385 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 5.1mm
RS Stock No. 162-6864
Mfr. Part No.SN74LVC1G123DCTT
HK$7.44
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LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns 18.6 ns @ 1.8 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SSOP 8 2.95 x 2.8 x 1.29mm 1.29mm 2.95mm
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