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. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
€0.194
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 166-2846
Mfr. Part No.FT3001MPX
€0.216
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Surface Mount Reset MLP 4 8 - 1.8 V 5 V -40 °C +85 °C 1µA 500mA -500µA 7.2ns
RS Stock No. 518-9518
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
€0.38
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 3MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.02mA 19.3mA -16.3mA 18000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 162-9390
Mfr. Part No.MC1455DR2G
€0.127
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +75 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 787-8706
Mfr. Part No.MC1455DR2G
€0.312
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +75 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 518-9518A
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
€0.337
Each (In a Pack of 55)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 3MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.02mA 19.3mA -16.3mA 18000 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 178-4795
Mfr. Part No.MC14541BDG
€0.303
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 3MHz 3 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 0.02mA 19.3mA -16.3mA 18000 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 787-8702
Mfr. Part No.MC1455DG
€0.311
Each (In a Pack of 14)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +75 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 145-4759
Mfr. Part No.MC1455BDR2G
€0.159
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 787-8709
Mfr. Part No.MC1455BDR2G
€0.385
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA - 200mA -