Fun Projects With the 555 Timer IC

Fun Projects With the 555 Timer IC

The everygreen 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit chip used in a variety of different circuits e.g. timer circuits, pulse generation circuits, and oscillator circuits. The 555 can be used to provide time delays, as an oscillator, and as a flip-flop element. The 555 timer IC was originally designed in 1971 by Hans R. Camenzind under contract to Signetics (later acquired by Philips Semiconductors, and now NXP). Eventually introduced in 1972 by Signetics, the 555 is still in widespread use due to its low price, ease of use, and stability. It is now made by many companies in the original bipolar and in low-power CMOS technologies. It is estimated that ~1 billion units are manufactured every year. The 555 is probably the most popular integrated circuit ever manufactured.

The 555 Timer Integrated Circuit (Source: Wikipedia)

The 555 has 8 pins and is a dual in line package (DIP). A general schematic layout for the 555 timer IC is provided below –

Schematic Diagram for 555 Timer IC (Source: Wikipedia)

Let’s dive into the 555 timer IC and learn more about what it has to offer. Check out the video below –

Our friends at the DIYODE Magazine have put together some fun tutorials on the 555 timer IC. Through these tutorials you will learn the basics of the 555 Timer IC and also build some really simple and interesting projects along the way. We would encourage you to check out those tutorials and support the DIYODE magazine. There are doing an awesome job by putting together all this content.

  1. Versatile 555 Timer for PWM control
  2. Kids basics : Using the 555 Timer IC
  3. Kids basics : Delightful Decorations with the 555 Timer IC

If you are keen to learn more about the 555 timer IC head over and check out this article in detail – https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/getting-to-grips-with-555-timer-basics.

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