Timer Circuits

Timer circuits are used to control sequences of events in electronic systems. They work by changing the circuit from one state to another in advance. 


Applications for timer circuits

You can use timer circuits for basic timing functions, like turning a light on for a certain amount of time or creating a flashing light. They 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. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
$0.50
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. 785-818
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
$0.65
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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. 121-9248
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
$0.399
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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
$0.668
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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. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
$0.365
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-1999
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
$0.728
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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
$0.728
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. 806-2835
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
$0.44
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 534-4002
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CN/NOPB
$2.42
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 662-4668
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
$0.634
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. 121-8804
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CN/NOPB
$1.932
Each (In a Tube of 40)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 145-1051
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BM
$0.687
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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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. 221-5535
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
$0.578
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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
$0.55
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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. 121-8520
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
$1.032
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RS Stock No. 662-3999
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
$0.504
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Surface Mount Standard TSSOP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 823-4043
Mfr. Part No.NE555S-13
$0.47
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Surface Mount Precision SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 346-7024
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
$1.53
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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
$0.164
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. 162-7010
Mfr. Part No.NE555PWR
$0.165
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Surface Mount Standard TSSOP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
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