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. 305-591
Mfr. Part No.SN74121N
$6.17
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 1 -0.4mA 16mA 50 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 13mA Through Hole PDIP 14 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
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Mfr. Part No.MC14538BDR2G
$0.854
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 80 ns 600 ns @ 5 V 0.7mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 170-3421
Mfr. Part No.MC14538BDR2G
$0.297
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 80 ns 600 ns @ 5 V 0.7mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 355-8861
Mfr. Part No.HEF4047BT,652
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$0.86
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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. 368-5654
Mfr. Part No.SN74121N
$4.497
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 1 -0.4mA 16mA 50 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 13mA Through Hole PDIP 14 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 153-2888
Mfr. Part No.74HC123PW-Q100,118
BrandNexperia
$0.566
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74HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 26 ns 385 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 5.1mm
RS Stock No. 540-7692
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC123AF(F)
BrandToshiba
$1.646
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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. 170-4890
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G123DP,125
BrandNexperia
$0.336
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74LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns 20.3 ns @ 50 pF 20µA Surface Mount TSSOP 8 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm
RS Stock No. 663-0023
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123PW
$0.739
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 178-7557
Mfr. Part No.74VHC123AMX
$0.316
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74VHC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -25mA 25mA 90 μs 29.5ns 0.04mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 164-6069
Mfr. Part No.LTC6993CS6-2#TRMPBF
$7.54
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LTC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -16mA +16mA 1 μs 28 ns @ 5 pF - Surface Mount TSOT-23 6 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 2.9mm
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Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538EE4
$1.60
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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. 170-5405
Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G123DP,125
BrandNexperia
$0.691
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74LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns 20.3 ns @ 50 pF 20µA Surface Mount TSSOP 8 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm
RS Stock No. 145-0202
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC221EE4
$0.425
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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. 145-0828
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
$1.052
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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
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Mfr. Part No.74LVC1G123DCTT
$1.055
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LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns 18.6 ns @ 1.8 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SSOP 8 2.95 x 2.8 x 1.29mm 1.29mm 2.95mm
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Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT4538M96
$0.424
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HCT Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4mA 4mA 16 ns 55 ns @ 4.5 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 171-3459
Mfr. Part No.74VHC221AFT
BrandToshiba
$0.364
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74VHC Monostable Multivibrator 27 -8mA 8mA 5 ns 24.5ns 80µA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 162-6980
Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT423M96
$0.399
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HCT Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4mA 4mA 20 ns 68 ns @ 4.5 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 662-7064
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC221PWR
$1.018
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 12 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 5mm
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