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
$0.535
Each (In a Tube of 75)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 866-0199
Mfr. Part No.NE555P
$0.60
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
$0.589
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
$0.90
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
$0.609
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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. 346-7024
Mfr. Part No.TLC555IP
$1.39
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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
$0.937
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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RS Stock No. 920-3431
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
$0.591
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 517-1618
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
$0.591
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 100-0685
Mfr. Part No.LM555CM/NOPB
$1.635
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 638-958
Mfr. Part No.TLC556CN
$2.31
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 2 V 18 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 145-0078
Mfr. Part No.TLC556CN
$1.91
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 2 V 18 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 460-516
Mfr. Part No.LM555CM/NOPB
$1.754
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 662-4696
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IN
$2.51
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 3 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
$0.40
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. 922-2158
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CMM/NOPB
$0.944
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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Surface Mount Programmable MSOP 1 8 3MHz - 15 V -40 °C +85 °C 0.4mA -10mA 50mA -
RS Stock No. 121-9209
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IN
$2.08
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 3 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 761-6104
Mfr. Part No.LMC555CMM/NOPB
$1.716
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Surface Mount Programmable MSOP 1 8 3MHz - 15 V -40 °C +85 °C 0.4mA -10mA 50mA -
RS Stock No. 788-334
Mfr. Part No.TLC555CD
$1.37
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Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 2MHz 2 V 15 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 145-0415
Mfr. Part No.TLC551CP
$3.159
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 2MHz 1 V 15 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -