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
£0.259
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
£0.259
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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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. 709-2110
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
£0.424
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. 121-9248
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
£0.366
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. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
£0.299
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
£0.41
Each
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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. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
Brandonsemi
£0.184
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. 921-5374
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
£0.605
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. 170-8173
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
£0.568
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. 346-7024
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
£0.81
Each
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 2MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8520
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
£0.689
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
£0.453
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 30mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 146-2399
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
£1.143
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 921-5377
Mfr. Part No.ICM7556IPDZ
£1.35
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 923-6712
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
£0.447
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. 709-1999
Mfr. Part No.CD4541BE
£0.447
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. 921-5951
Mfr. Part No.ICM7242IPAZ
£5.375
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 13MHz 2 V 16 V -25 °C +85 °C 0.125mA 50mA - -
RS Stock No. 923-1571
Mfr. Part No.ICM7242IPAZ
£4.563
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 13MHz 2 V 16 V -25 °C +85 °C 0.125mA 50mA - -
RS Stock No. 165-4288
Mfr. Part No.MIC1557YM5-TR
BrandMicrochip
£0.457
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Surface Mount Precision, Standard SOT-23 1 5 5MHz 2.7 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 20mA -20mA -
RS Stock No. 178-7003
Mfr. Part No.HEF4541BT,512
BrandNexperia
£0.595
Each (In a Tube of 57)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC 1 14 36MHz 3 V 15 V -40 °C +85 °C - 4.2mA -4.2mA 1150 ns @ 5 V