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. 709-2071
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC123E
MYR2.172
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 640-131
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
MYR4.77
Each
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 4.7mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 4.57mm 19.3mm
RS Stock No. 145-0828
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS221N
MYR3.933
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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LS Monostable Multivibrator 2 -0.4mA 8mA 40 ns 80 ns @ 5 V 4.7mA 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
MYR2.04
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
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. 144-9936
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
MYR1.90
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 527-293
Mfr. Part No.CD4098BE
MYR1.917
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 527-647
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538E
MYR2.189
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 662-9626
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
MYR2.38
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. 527-895
Mfr. Part No.CD4047BE
MYR1.917
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 809-5983
Mfr. Part No.SN74LVC1G123DCTR
MYR1.497
Each (In a Pack of 15)
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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
RS Stock No. 170-3421
Mfr. Part No.MC14538BDR2G
MYR0.784
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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4000 Monostable Multivibrator 2 - - 80 ns 600 ns @ 5 V 0.7mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 922-2833
Mfr. Part No.SN74LS123DR
MYR1.516
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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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. 145-0153
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538E
MYR2.611
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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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. 113-0635
Mfr. Part No.74HC4538D,652
BrandNexperia
MYR1.82
Each
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 14 ns 265 ns@ 2 V 0.008mA Surface Mount SOIC 16 10 x 4 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 10mm
RS Stock No. 170-3571
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDR2G
MYR1.03
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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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. 806-3295
Mfr. Part No.MC14528BDR2G
MYR2.05
Each (On a Tape of 20)
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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. 663-0385
Mfr. Part No.CD74HC4538E
MYR2.676
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 756-2915
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC123AF(ELNE,F
BrandToshiba
MYR2.354
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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74HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 95 ns@ 2 V 295ns 0.04mA Surface Mount SOP 16 10.8 x 5.3 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 10.8mm
RS Stock No. 539-9456
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC123AP(F)
BrandToshiba
MYR1.908
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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HC Monostable Multivibrator 2 -5.2mA 5.2mA 13 ns 210 ns @ 2 V 0.004mA Through Hole PDIP 16 19.25 x 6.4 x 3.5mm 3.5mm 19.25mm
RS Stock No. 541-9358
Mfr. Part No.TC74HC4538AF(F)
BrandToshiba
MYR4.492
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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