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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Description Price Logic Family Logic Function Number of Elements per Chip Maximum High Level Output Current Maximum Low Level Output Current Minimum Pulse Width Maximum Propagation Delay Time @ Maximum CL Maximum Quiescent Current Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Dimensions Height Length
RS Stock No. 601-4134
Mfr. Part No.TC4538BP(F)
BrandToshiba
£0.542
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 25 ns 760 ns @ 5 V 20mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.25 x 6.4 x 3.5mm 3.5mm 19.25mm
RS Stock No. 178-6982
Mfr. Part No.HEF4528BT,652
BrandNexperia
£0.369
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 305 ns @ 5 V 0.08mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 483-7979
Mfr. Part No.HEF4528BT,652
BrandNexperia
£0.369
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 305 ns@ 5 V 0.08mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 709-2071
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123E
£0.456
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 145-1086
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123E
£0.366
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 527-895
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
£0.34
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 50 ns 1000 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Through Hole PDIP 14 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 923-2350
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
£0.51
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 368-6001
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
£0.51
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 307-632
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123N
£0.62
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 368-5654
Mfr. Part No.SN74121N
£2.611
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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. 305-591
Mfr. Part No.SN74121N
£3.08
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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. 527-293
Mfr. Part No.CD4098BE
£0.354
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 20 ns 500 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 806-3295
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDR2G
£0.136
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MC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.36mA 2.4mA 10 μs 1000 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 178-4724
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDG
£0.379
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 55 ns 650 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 144-9936
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
£0.34
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 50 ns 1000 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Through Hole PDIP 14 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 662-9626
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
£0.424
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 1 - - 50 ns 1000 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Through Hole PDIP 14 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 170-3571
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDR2G
£0.132
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MC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.36mA 2.4mA 10 μs 1000 ns @ 50 pF - Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 518-9445A
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDG
£0.483
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 55 ns 650 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 518-9445
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDG
£0.46
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 55 ns 650 ns @ 5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 526-701
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123M
£0.39
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 17 ns 320 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm