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. 307-632
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
SGD1.17
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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
SGD1.04
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 368-6001
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
SGD0.958
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
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. 709-3071
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC221EE4
SGD1.342
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 12 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 145-0202
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC221EE4
SGD0.571
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 12 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 541-9308
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC423AF(F)
BrandToshiba
SGD1.824
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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
RS Stock No. 483-6588
Mfr. Part No.74HC423D,652
BrandNexperia
SGD0.87
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 255 ns@ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 145-0828
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
SGD1.509
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
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. 303-927
Mfr. Part No.SN74221N
SGD8.05
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.8mA 16mA 20 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 26mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 526-701
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123M
SGD0.731
Each (In a Tube of 40)
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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. 640-131
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
SGD1.88
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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. 162-4277
Mfr. Part No.SN74221N
SGD6.821
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.8mA 16mA 20 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 26mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 355-8861
Mfr. Part No.HEF4047BT,652
BrandNexperia
SGD0.73
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 70 ns 320 ns@ 5 V 0.08mA Surface Mount SOIC 14 8.75 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 8.75mm
RS Stock No. 527-647
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538E
SGD0.86
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
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. 178-6975
Mfr. Part No.74HC423D,652
BrandNexperia
SGD0.881
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 255 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 601-4134
Mfr. Part No.TC4538BP(F)
BrandToshiba
SGD1.086
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
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
RS Stock No. 662-9635
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BM
SGD0.77
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 186-9200
Mfr. Part No.MC14521BDG
SGD0.976
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- Frequency Divider - - - 120 ns 2600 ns @ 50 pF 150µA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 186-9164
Mfr. Part No.MC100EL32DG
SGD9.16
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
ECL Divider 2 - - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 113-0635
Mfr. Part No.74HC4538D,652
BrandNexperia
SGD0.57
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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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