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. 601-4134
Mfr. Part No.TC4538BP(F)
BrandToshiba
$1.702
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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
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$5.045
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.8mA 16mA 40 ns 40 ns @ 5 V 46mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 541-9358
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC4538AF(F)
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$1.258
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 13 ns 250 ns @ 2 V 0.004mA Surface Mount SOP 16 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10.3mm
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Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538EE4
$1.334
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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. 662-8364
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123DR
$0.92
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 56 ns @ 5 V 12mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
RS Stock No. 662-7169
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538PWR
$0.57
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 14 ns 250 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 5mm
RS Stock No. 540-7692
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC123AF(F)
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$1.372
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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. 306-471
Mfr. Part No.SN74123N
$7.39
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74 Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.8mA 16mA 40 ns 40 ns @ 5 V 46mA 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
$0.778
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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. 171-3330
Mfr. Part No.74VHC221AFT
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$0.185
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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. 305-591
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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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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
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Mfr. Part No.74HC4538PW,118
BrandNexperia
$0.526
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 20 ns 400 ns @ 15 pF - Surface Mount TSSOP16 16 5.1 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 5.1mm
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$1.878
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LV Monostable Multivibrator 2 -12mA 12mA 5 ns 36 ns @ 2.5 V 0.02mA Surface Mount TSSOP 16 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 5mm
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Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT221M96
$0.386
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HCT Monostable Multivibrator 2 -4mA 4mA 14 ns 42 ns @ 4.5 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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$0.376
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LVC Monostable Multivibrator 1 -32mA 32mA 2.5 ns - 20µA Surface Mount SM 8 3.15 x 2.9 x 1.2mm 1.2mm 3.15mm
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Mfr. Part No.74VHC123AFT
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$0.184
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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. 162-6965
Mfr. Part No.CD74HCT123M96
$0.21
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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. 178-9223
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC221MT
$1.836
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 595 μs 315 ns @ 50 pF 160µA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 528-078
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538M96
$0.748
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 14 ns 250 ns @ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 9.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 9.9mm
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