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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Description Price Mounting Type Timer Type Package Type Number of Internal Timers Pin Count Maximum Input Frequency Minimum Operating Supply Voltage Maximum Operating Supply Voltage Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Maximum Quiescent Current Maximum Low Level Output Current Maximum High Level Output Current Maximum Propagation Delay Time @ Maximum CL
RS Stock No. 866-0199
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
€0.23
Each (In a Tube of 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
RS Stock No. 221-5535
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
€0.23
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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. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
€0.194
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 517-1618
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
€0.345
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 920-3431
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
€0.316
Each (In a Tube of 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. 921-5374
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
€0.72
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 121-9248
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
€0.363
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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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. 170-8173
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
€0.713
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 709-2110
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
€0.50
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. 709-2532
Mfr. Part No.CD4536BEE4
€0.214
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Through Hole Programmable PDIP 1 16 - 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 4.2mA -4.2mA 8000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 785-818
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
€0.39
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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. 885-5564
Mfr. Part No.SA555S-13
€0.295
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Surface Mount Precision, Reset SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-1999
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
€0.421
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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
RS Stock No. 923-6712
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
€0.392
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
RS Stock No. 122-3283
Mfr. Part No.NE555S-13
€0.083
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. 823-4043
Mfr. Part No.NE555S-13
€0.232
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Surface Mount Precision SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
€0.281
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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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. 145-0016
Mfr. Part No.CD4536BEE4
€0.193
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
Through Hole Programmable PDIP 1 16 - 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 4.2mA -4.2mA 8000 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 165-8649
Mfr. Part No.SA555S-13
€0.111
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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Surface Mount Precision, Reset SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 662-3996
Mfr. Part No.CD4536BPWR
€0.324
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Surface Mount Programmable TSSOP 1 16 - 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.1mA 4.2mA -4.2mA 8000 ns@ 5 V