555 timer IC

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

The 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit (chip) used in a variety of timer, pulse generation and oscillator applications. The part is still in widespread use, thanks to its ease of use, low price and good stability. As of 2003 [update], it is estimated that 1 billion units are manufactured every year. [1] The IC design was proposed in 1970 by H

555 timer IC
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ans R. Camenzind and Jim Ball. After prototyping, the design was ported to the Monochip analogue array, incorporating detailed design by Wayne Foletta and others from Qualidyne Semiconductors. Signetics (later acquired by Philips ) took over the design and production, and released the first 555s in 1971. Depending on the manufacturer, the standard 555 package includes over 20 transistors, 2 diodes and 15 resistors on a silicon chip installed in an 8-pin mini dual-in-line package (DIP-8). [2] Variants available include the 556 (a 14-pin DIP combining two 555s on one chip), and the 558 (a 16-pin DIP combining four slightly modified 555s with DIS & THR connected internally, and TR is falling edge sensitive instead of level sensitive). The NE555 parts were commercial temperature range, 0 °C to +70 °C, and the SE555 part number designated the military temperature range, ’55 °C to +125 °C. These were available in both high-reliability metal can (T package) and inexpensive epoxy plastic (V package) packages. Thus the full part numbers were NE555V, NE555T, SE555V, and SE555T. It has been hypothesized that the 555 got its name from the three 5 k © resistors used within, [3] but Hans Camenzind has stated that the number was arbitrary. [1] Low-power versions of the 555 are also available, such as the 7555 and CMOS TLC555. [4] The 7555 is designed to cause less supply glitching than the classic 555 and the manufacturer claims that it...

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