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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RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
SGD0.817
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 221-5535
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
SGD0.484
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 866-0199
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
SGD0.508
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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
RS Stock No. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
SGD0.346
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 121-9248
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
SGD0.412
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-2110
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
SGD0.70
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
SGD0.532
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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. 662-4668
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
SGD0.684
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 145-1051
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
SGD0.458
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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. 858-0894
Mfr. Part No.LTC6994IS6-1#TRMPBF
SGD6.258
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Surface Mount Programmable TSOT-23 1 6 - 2.25 V 5.5 V -40 °C +85 °C - 16mA -16mA 24 ns@ 5 pF
RS Stock No. 823-4043
Mfr. Part No.NE555S-13
SGD0.418
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Surface Mount Precision SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 170-8188
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IBAZ
BrandIntersil
SGD0.92
Each (In a Tube of 98)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8520
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
SGD1.12
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RS Stock No. 920-0177
Mfr. Part No.LTC6994IS6-1#TRMPBF
SGD3.743
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Surface Mount Programmable TSOT-23 1 6 - 2.25 V 5.5 V -40 °C +85 °C - 16mA -16mA 24 ns @ 5 pF
RS Stock No. 346-7024
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
SGD1.87
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 122-3283
Mfr. Part No.NE555S-13
SGD0.149
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 921-5507
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IBAZ
SGD0.939
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 922-2158
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CMM/NOPB
SGD0.938
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Surface Mount Programmable MSOP 1 8 3MHz - 15 V -40 °C +85 °C 0.4mA -10mA 50mA -
RS Stock No. 761-6104
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CMM/NOPB
SGD1.848
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Surface Mount Programmable MSOP 1 8 3MHz - 15 V -40 °C +85 °C 0.4mA -10mA 50mA -
RS Stock No. 923-6712
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
SGD0.806
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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