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Fairchild LM555CMX : weekend die-shot

Here is a nice die-shot of LM555CMX @ zeptobars.com

Fairchild LM555CMX : weekend die-shot – [Link]

Basic Electronics – How to use a 555 Timer

Do you want to know how to use a 555 timer? Laura brings you more Back to School tips and tricks on using this integrated circuit.

Basic Electronics – How to use a 555 Timer – [Link]

How To Configure a 555 Timer IC

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Philip Kane @ jameco.com has published an article about the famous 555 timer IC and how to configure in monostable and astable modes.

The 555 timer was introduced over 40 years ago. Due to its relative simplicity, ease of use and low cost it has been used in literally thousands of applications and is still widely available. Here we describe how to configure a standard 555 IC to perform two of its most common functions – as a timer in monostable mode and as a square wave oscillator in astable mode.

How To Configure a 555 Timer IC – [Link]

Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip (CMOS version)

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Ken Shirriff reverse engineer the CMOS version of 555 timer IC and explains how it works.

This article explains how the LMC555 timer chip works, from the tiny transistors and resistors on the silicon chip, to the functional units such as comparators and current mirrors that make it work. The popular 555 timer integrated circuit is said to be the world’s best-selling integrated circuit with billions sold since it was designed in 1970 by analog IC wizard Hans Camenzind[1].

Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip (CMOS version) – [Link]

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Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip

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Ken Shirriff wrote an article on reverse engineering the 555 timer chip, He writes:

This article explains how the LMC555 timer chip works, from the tiny transistors and resistors on the silicon chip, to the functional units such as comparators and current mirrors that make it work. The popular 555 timer integrated circuit is said to be the world’s best-selling integrated circuit with billions sold since it was designed in 1970 by analog IC wizard Hans Camenzind[1]. The LMC555 is a low-power CMOS version of the 555; instead of the bipolar transistors in the classic 555 (which I described earlier), the CMOS chip is built from low-power MOS transistors. The LMC555 chip can be understood by carefully examining the die photo.

Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip – [Link]

DC Motor Speed and Direction Controller

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DC Motor Speed and direction controller project based on L293D H-Bridge and 555 Timer IC. 555 Generate PWM and L293D works as output driver. The 293D provides bidirectional drive current up to 600mA a voltage from 5V to 12V. L293D includes the output clamping diodes for protections.

Specifications 

  • Supply 5 to 12 V
  • Inhibit facility/enable
  • PWM Frequency 5KHz Maximum
  • High Noise immunity
  • Over temperature protection
  • Capable of delivering output current up to 600 mA per channel

DC Motor Speed and Direction Controller – [Link]

555 Timer Teardown

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Ken Shirriff has done a detailed teardown of the popular 555 timer IC. Let’s take a look inside this little chip:

Given the popularity of the 555 timer, I thought it would be interesting to find out what’s inside the 555 timer and how it works. While the 555 timer is usually sold as a black plastic IC, it is also available in a metal can, which can be cut open with a hacksaw revealing the tiny die inside.

555 Timer Teardown – [Link]

How to Read a Datasheet

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Here is a PDF document written by D. Grover, explaining how to understand a manufacturer’s datasheet. It goes through the 555 timer IC datasheet and gives an explanation on various parts.

How to Read a Datasheet – [Link]

555 Based DC Motor Speed Controller

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555 DC Motor Speed Controller project will control the speed of a DC motor connected to it. This project is built using the popular 555 timer IC.

Specifications

  • Power supply input 5-12V DC
  • Motor Load Up to 1 to 2Amps
  • Onboard preset to vary Duty Cycle from 10% to 95% @ 120 Hz
  • Ideal for mini drill and robotics application
  • Transistor based output drive with heat-sink
  • Diode protection for motor surge
  • Power-On LED indicator
  • Screw terminal connector for easy power supply input and output-Motor connection
  • Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 47 mm x 56 mm

555 Based DC Motor Speed Controller – [Link]

230 VAC Timer

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Classic AC 230 V Timer project can be used in all application requiring a timer of up-to 3 Minutes to operate or control any AC mains load of up-to 200 Watts. This project is based on the Classic 555 Timer IC, triggering a TRIAC. Input and Output is Optically Isolated.

Specifications 

  • Supply input 12 VDC
  • Mains supply input 240 VAC or 120 VAC ( Read Note for 120V/230V AC)
  • Output: up-to 200 Watt
  • Optically isolated Input / Output
  • Onboard start and reset tactile switch
  • Timer On LED
  • Preset adjustable and jumper selectable for range
  • Power-On LED indicator
  • Screw terminal connector for easy mains supply input and load connection
  • Four mounting holes of 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 46 mm x 91 mm

230 VAC Timer – [Link]