Timer Circuits

Timer circuits are used to control one or more sequences of events within an electronic system. Timer circuits work by changing the circuit from its current state to another in advance following a set parameter.

Where would I use a timer circuit?

You can use timer circuits for a wide range of basic timing functions, like turning a light on for a certain amount of time or on and off repeatedly within a set time to create a flashing light or lighting sequence. Timer circuits 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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Mfr. Part No.NE555P
TWD10.50
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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
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Mfr. Part No.NE555P
TWD8.80
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
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Mfr. Part No.NE555D
TWD14.00
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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
TWD10.90
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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. 162-7093
Mfr. Part No.TLC555QDR
TWD11.80
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 5 V 15 V -40 °C +125 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 662-4009
Mfr. Part No.TLC555QDR
TWD26.80
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 5 V 15 V -40 °C +125 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 660-7761
Mfr. Part No.SE555D
TWD17.40
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 806-2835
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
TWD19.10
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 145-0368
Mfr. Part No.SE555D
TWD12.70
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 620-0357
Mfr. Part No.TLC555ID
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
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Mfr. Part No.TLC555IDR
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8948
Mfr. Part No.TLC555ID
TWD23.70
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
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Mfr. Part No.MIC1555YM5-TR
BrandMicrochip
TWD26.30
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Surface Mount Precision, Standard SOT-23 1 5 5MHz 2.7 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 20mA -20mA -
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Mfr. Part No.MIC1555YM5-TR
BrandMicrochip
TWD20.00
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Surface Mount Precision, Standard SOT-23 1 5 5MHz 2.7 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 20mA -20mA -
RS Stock No. 162-7010
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
TWD2.80
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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. 662-3999
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
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Surface Mount Standard TSSOP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
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Mfr. Part No.MC1455BDR2G
TWD6.00
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 920-3431
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
TWD12.50
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 517-1618
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
TWD12.50
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -