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. 368-6001
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TWD22.00
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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
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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. 923-2350
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
TWD22.70
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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. 527-647
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538E
TWD20.40
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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
RS Stock No. 662-9635
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BM
TWD19.00
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 50 ns 1000 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SOIC 14 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 8.65mm
RS Stock No. 145-0420
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BM
TWD15.10
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 50 ns 1000 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SOIC 14 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 8.65mm
RS Stock No. 368-5660
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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
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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. 306-471
Mfr. Part No.SN74123N
TWD183.00
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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
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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 -4.2mA 4.2mA 140 ns 600 ns@ 50 pF 3000µA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
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BrandNexperia
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 460 ns @ 5 V 0.08mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
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HEF Monostable Multivibrator 2 -2.4mA 2.4mA 90 ns 460 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount SO 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
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Mfr. Part No.TC74HC123AP(F)
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 13 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.004mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.25 x 6.4 x 3.5mm 3.5mm 19.25mm
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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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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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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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74 Monostable Multivibrator 1 -0.4mA 16mA 50 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 13mA Through Hole PDIP 14 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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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 25 ns 760 ns @ 5 V 20mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.25 x 6.4 x 3.5mm 3.5mm 19.25mm