555 timer is a highly stable integrated circuit capable of functioning as an accurate time-delay generator and as a free running multivibrator. When used as an oscillator the frequency and duty cycle are accurately controlled by only two external resistors and a capacitor. Some of its important features are timing from micro-seconds through hours, monostable and astable operation, trigger and reset inputs are logic compatible, and output compatible with CMOS, DTL and TTL (when used with 5V supply).
The set-up consists of 555 IC with facilities for convenient connection at the board, a power supply, built-in facilities for various type of triggers-variable frequency, variable voltage, and manual. The resistors and capacitors required are mounted on the board.
The following studies can be carried out
- Operation as a free running multivibrator
- Operation as a monostable multivibrator
- Operation as a preset time delay
The above experimental set-up has been laid down on a decorated bakelite board with an aim of providing an easy understanding to the students. All components are well spread out for clarity and easy repairs and replacement. The set-up is provided with a booklet, which contains its detailed theory of operation, description, specifications, suggestions and discussion on the various experiments that may be performed with it
The set-up is complete in all respect, including patch chords