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. 221-5535
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
£0.275
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. 866-0199
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
£0.28
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. 709-2110
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
£0.42
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
£0.285
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. 121-8449
Mfr. Part No.TLC555CP
£0.523
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 2MHz 2 V 15 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 638-942
Mfr. Part No.TLC555CP
£2.01
Each
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 2MHz 2 V 15 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8804
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CN/NOPB
£0.861
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. 534-4002
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CN/NOPB
£2.01
Each
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 806-2835
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
£0.304
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
£0.124
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. 124-4531
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN/NOPB
£0.798
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200 (Sink)mA 200 (Source)mA -
RS Stock No. 866-0192
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN/NOPB
£0.747
Each (In a Tube of 40)
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Through Hole Adjustable and Monostable PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - - - 100ns
RS Stock No. 921-5374
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
£0.451
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
£0.343
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
£2.01
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. 121-8803
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CM/NOPB
£0.832
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns @ 5 V
RS Stock No. 534-3992
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CM/NOPB
£2.01
Each
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 3MHz - - -40 °C +85 °C - 50mA -10mA 100 ns@ 5 V
RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
£0.338
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. 698-7127
Mfr. Part No.DS1682S+
BrandMaxim
£3.64
Each
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC - 8 0.1MHz 2.5 V 5.5 V -40 °C +85 °C - - - -
RS Stock No. 923-5573
Mfr. Part No.DS1682S+
BrandMaxim
£2.74
Each (In a Tube of 100)
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Surface Mount Programmable SOIC - 8 0.1MHz 2.5 V 5.5 V -40 °C +85 °C - - - -
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