Features Some of the important features of the timer are The timer can be operated at a wide range of power supplies ranging from 5 V to 18 V. Timing can be anywhere from microseconds to hours. It can operate in both astable and monostable modes. High output current.

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Features Some of the important features of the timer are The timer can be operated at a wide range of power supplies ranging from 5 V to 18 V.

Timing can be anywhere from microseconds to hours. It can operate in both astable and monostable modes. High output current. It has an adjustable duty cycle. It is TTL compatible due to its high output current. The output can source or sink a current of mA to the load.

It has a temperature stability of 0. Astable Mode In this mode, the work as a free running mode. The output of astable multivibrator will continuously toggle between low and high, there by generating a train of pulse, which is why it is known as pulse generator.

It is a best example for a perfect square wave generator. They are used as an inverter and also used in many of the internal part of the radio. Selecting a Thermistor as a timing resistor allows the use of the in a temperature sensor. Read : Astable Mode Monostable Mode In the monostable mode, as the name suggests, it stays in its stable state until and unless an external trigger is applied.

The best application of a monostable is to introduce a time delay in to a system. Applications comprise many things viz. It can be used to store 1-bit of data. It is not a great choice for implementing a flip-flop.

The 8-pin DIP is most commonly used. The pin out diagrams of Timer in both the 8-pin packages is shown below. The names and numbers of all the pins along with their descriptions are tabulated below.

All the voltages are measured with respect to this terminal. The amplitude of the external trigger pulse will influence the output of the timer. The output goes high and the timing interval starts when the input at trigger pin falls below half of Control voltage i.

Pin 3 — Output Terminal Output driven waveform is available at this pin. It is driven to 1. Two types of loads can be connected to the output. Pin 4 — Reset Terminal A negative pulse on this pin will disable or reset the timer.

The timer will begin only when the voltage on this pin is above 0. Pin 5 — Control Voltage It controls the threshold and trigger levels and hence the timing of the The width of the output pulse is determined by the control voltage. The output voltage can be modulated by an external voltage applied to this pin. Pin 7 — Discharge It is connected to the open collector of the internal NPN transistor which discharges the timing capacitor.

It consists of the following Two Comparators Two transistors A resistive network The comparators are the basic Op-amps. The resistive network of three resistors will act as a voltage divider circuit. Out of the two transistors, one transistor is a discharge transistor. The open collector of this transistor is connected to the discharge pin Pin 7 of the IC. According to the output of the flip-flop, this transistor either goes into saturation or cut-off.

When the transistor is saturated, it provides a discharge path to the capacitor that is connected externally. The base of the other transistor is connected to the reset terminal Pin 4 which resets the timer irrespective of the other inputs. The inverting terminal of the upper comparator is connected to the control input. The other input of the upper comparator is threshold and its output is connected to the R input of the flip-flop.

This will turn the discharge transistor ON transistor goes to saturation and provides a discharge path to any externally connected capacitor. A trigger input is connected to the inverting terminal of the lower comparator. As the output is high, the discharge transistor is turned OFF and allows charging of any capacitor connected to it externally. Hence, in order for the output to go HIGH, the trigger input should be less than the reference voltage momentarily.

Introduction to Time Constant RC Meeting timing requirements is a high priority task in most of the operations. For example, the heating process of a metal or a material in an industry is time limited. Hence meeting the specific time requirements can be achieved by timer circuits. A basic timer circuit is shown below. It consists of a charging circuit, a comparator and an output unit.

The charging circuit consists of a resistor and a capacitor. When a series combination of an RC circuit is applied with a DC voltage, the time taken for the capacitor to charge to the peak value is controlled by the resistor. The charging time is proportional to the value of the resistance. The rate at which the capacitor charges in an RC circuit is given by Time constant. It is also equal to the time taken by the capacitor to discharge to Time constant of an RC circuit is equal to the product of R and C.

The pulse width and the frequency of the output of the timer are determined by the RC time constant. Choosing Timing Components for RC circuit in Timer A timer can provide delays from microsecond to hours depending on the values of R and C in the charging circuit. Hence it is very important to choose appropriate values for resistors and capacitors. When the timer is operating in Astable mode, then it requires an RC circuit consisting of two resistors and a capacitor. And in case of monostable mode of operation, the RC circuit comprises of a resistor and a capacitor.

Timing Capacitor Choosing capacitors with large capacitances will be a problem. This is because electrolyte capacitors with large capacitances often tend to have wider tolerance limits. So the actual values and the marked values may have a significant difference.

Large capacitance electrolyte capacitors will have high leakage currents which can affect the timing accuracy as the capacitor charges. When choosing capacitors with large capacitance and low leakage current, Tantalum capacitors are a better option. Hence, capacitors with working voltage greater than the VCC of the timer should be chosen.

Timing capacitors with capacitance less than pF in order to produce short output pulses may also cause problems. For capacitors with such low values, stray capacitance around the circuit might affect the capacitance of the timing capacitor. Timing Resistor When operating the timer as an Astable multivibrator , the value of the timing resistor should be at least 1 Kilo Ohms. If the idea is to build a low power consumption circuit, then it is better to have higher values for the timing resistors.

But there is a disadvantage in choosing resistors with higher resistances as they lead to inaccuracies in timing. Trigger Pulses The Pin 2 in the timer is a trigger input. When the trigger input goes below the reference voltage i.

The trigger pulse should momentarily go below the reference voltage and the duration is important as it should not be longer than the output pulse. Trigger pulses are generally identified by a narrow negative going spike. A differentiator circuit made from a capacitor and a resistor will produce two symmetrical spikes but a diode is used to eliminate the positive going spike. The duration of the pulse is determined by the differentiator circuit i.

Some of the important areas of applications of the timer are: Pulse Generation.


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It can drive a maximum current of mA. Resets the IC when the voltage at the pin is below 0. Normally connected to the positive terminal of the supply. So, by adjusting the voltage at the control pin the threshold and triggering voltages can be overridden. Pulse width modulation, Pulse position modulation, etc. Normally, when the control pin is not used a bypass capacitor of value 10nF will be connected across the control pin and ground for eliminating any voltage fluctuations and noises.



History[ edit ] A vacuum tube Abraham-Bloch multivibrator oscillator, France, small box, left. Its harmonics are being used to calibrate a wavemeter center. Since it produced a square wave , in contrast to the sine wave generated by most other oscillator circuits of the time, its output contained many harmonics above the fundamental frequency, which could be used for calibrating high frequency radio circuits. For this reason Abraham and Bloch called it a multivibrateur.


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