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
MYR1.313
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
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
MYR1.653
Each (In a Pack of 50)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 517-1618
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
MYR1.901
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 920-3431
Mfr. Part No.SA555P
MYR1.901
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V -40 °C +85 °C 15mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 528-416
Mfr. Part No.NE556N
MYR2.30
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 30mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 121-9209
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IN
MYR5.56
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. 662-4696
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IN
MYR7.308
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 3 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 121-9248
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
MYR1.216
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 170-8173
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
MYR3.087
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 121-8461
Mfr. Part No.NE555D
MYR1.365
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. 921-5374
Mfr. Part No.ICM7555IPAZ
MYR3.087
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 1MHz 2 V 18 V -25 °C +85 °C - 20mA -0.8mA -
RS Stock No. 169-8718
Mfr. Part No.LM555CN
MYR1.189
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Through Hole Reset PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C - 50mA 200mA -
RS Stock No. 709-2110
Mfr. Part No.SE555P
MYR1.974
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 1 8 - 4.5 V 18 V -55 °C +125 °C 12mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 787-8702
Mfr. Part No.MC1455DG
MYR1.68
Each (In a Pack of 14)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +75 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 162-7095
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IDR
MYR5.176
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 2 14 2MHz 3 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 787-779
Mfr. Part No.TLC556CD
MYR6.26
Each
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 2 14 2MHz 2 V 18 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 662-4012
Mfr. Part No.TLC556IDR
MYR5.73
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 2 14 2MHz 3 V 18 V -40 °C +85 °C - 100mA -10mA -
RS Stock No. 145-0833
Mfr. Part No.NE556D
MYR1.565
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 2 14 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +70 °C 30mA 200mA -200mA -
RS Stock No. 787-8706
Mfr. Part No.MC1455DR2G
MYR1.68
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
Surface Mount Standard SOIC 1 8 - 4.5 V 16 V 0 °C +75 °C 15mA - 200mA -
RS Stock No. 145-0078
Mfr. Part No.TLC556CN
MYR6.258
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
Through Hole Standard PDIP 2 14 2MHz 2 V 18 V 0 °C +70 °C - 100mA -10mA -