# 555-Circuits (Page 2)

## Fixed frequency Variable duty cycle with 555

This circuit is based on a very old application note from exar, in this the frequency is fixed by IC1 and IC2 -P1 controls the duty cycle. you need to compute the R and C values to get what you need,  LM555 data sheet.

You have to study the circuit and do something more innovative perhaps, just copying is ok for learning but it will get you nowhere, so learn and then innovate, the eagle circuit is given below so you can learn by editing it, also design a PCB with it, and you can even make a PCB at home to learn, but it is always good to get PCBs done by a PCB vendor, but you should understand his problems, then you will design well, so make a few PCBs.

Edit the circuit eagle cad file del00012.zip

## Frequency Divider 74HCT4040

U1 7555 is a CMOS version of 555. The 555 here is in Astable Oscillator mode, C1 and C4 are decoupling capacitors 0.1uF value, ceramic disc.

Mixed and Interface Circuits

The output is around 100kHz, If C3 is plastic or mica the frequency output will be stable with temperature. It is better to use a crystal oscillator.

The 555 output is fed to clock input of 4040, the output of 555 will be a square wave, on every high to low transition (falling edge or negative transition) the counter increments by one and the output is 12 bit binary.

Read more at my Digital Timers, Counters and Clocks

If input frequency is F the final output at Q12 is F/4096. The period T = 1/F.
If you make the 555 run at 1Hz, C3 around 7uF, Then this circuit becomes a long duration timer, the Q12 period will be 4096 seconds or 68 minutes.

## OR gate with two 555

This shows how to OR gate two 555, when one 555 cycles at a low frequency a valve turns on an off, the second 555 stretches the ON duration of the pulse with a diode OR gate.

Digital Timers Counters and Clocks

The OR output uses sample and hold to get the stable analog data from a sensor after the actuator has gone OFF, this ensures correct reading.

555 is a fundamental Mixed Signal Circuit as it can be made into a VCO using Pin-5. If you see old exar databooks, you can see 555 and PLL and Tone decoders all applications compiled in one base. I feel the Venerable Signetics 555 “Architecture” and Intersil ICL8038 ‘CMOS’ were inspiration behind early communication chip designs, Moving from Bakelite Telephones to Compact Push Button Electronic Phones and more.

## Running Lights with CD4017

The 555 Astable generates a clock for this circuit, an oscillator giving a square wave output at pin 3 which is counted by 4017 to give a running lights effect.

Digital Timers Counters and Clocks

The decade counter-divider CD4017 has 10 outputs, for every low to high transition at the clock input, rising edge, the counter advances one LED. After going one full circle the the first LED lights again and it goes on. You can vary the value of R2 100K Linear potentiometer to make LEDs run fast or slow.

The frequency of oscillation of astable 555 is given as f = 1.44 / ((R4 + 2 * (R2 + R3)) * C3)

The 10 outputs have 10 green LEDs. The current thru the LED is limited by R1, the current can be calculated like this (9V – 1.6V) / 1K = 7.4mA this is within 20mA which is the danger limit of the CMOS output. You want it to be bright use transistors for every output.

The cap C1 is a filter and C2 is to prevent noise at pin 5 influencing the output as it is a control voltage point.
You can cascade or chain many more counters with the CO or carry out pin 12 of 4017. The pin 15 reset is kept at low for counting, on high it will reset the counter but is not used in this circuit.

pdf links may take time to load in the browser if you just click it, do right click save target to your disk.

## Display On Timer with 555

This is related to the earlier post. This was done to save battery power. The output of some equipment may be in the form of LED Annunciators In the Security Guard Monitor, an Array of 24 LEDs would show the Status of alertness along with the day, this was scrollable.

When the “Display Now” is pressed it triggers the Monostable Multivibrator made of a 555. The output “EN” goes high for the time duration defined by C27 and R71.

The 555 output as you know can drive more than 200mA for quite some time without much heating up. Many LEDs can be driven with the current limit resistors. I used CMOS chips to drive the LEDs, this circuit was used for the Logic only.
.
This circuit was a part of the user interface like the previous one. You could use it for voltmeters or even backlight for LCD.

Example – When you press the switch the Time of a clock can be seen in darkness for a few seconds.

## Audio Visual User Interface with Ack

This circuit is an User Interface part of a Security Alertness Monitor that i designed decades ago. The circuits are here – Digital Circuits – Part 1 The RAM and RTC part is missing, i will add later. It is without uC or Software. Only CMOS Logic.

Every Hour “+V UR” Goes High for 120 Seconds. The Buzzer Sounds and a Red LED turns on. The Guard has to respond by Pushing the Switch. The Green Light Flashes and the external Flip-Flop logic brings “+V UR” Low, The Buzzer Sound Stops and Red Light Goes off..

If not pressed the Sound Stops after 120 Seconds and even the Red light goes off then. This records a Non-Alert Hour in the RAM for that Day. The Ram Stores 9 Days alertness status.

You could try porting this project into a 89C2051 for learning product and interface design.

## 555 multivibrator like power oscillator

This is dual 555 multivibrator like power oscillator. This is my contraption and conception but couple of decades old. It appears to have errors. It worked but the document fixing after design worked, not done. This can be used to make a small inverter, for powering 230V gadgets of low power. The transformer is used in step-up mode. It may make a sound if the laminations are not of good quality.

This circuit can be modified using 7555 and switching transistors like BD139 driving a Ferrite 100 kHz transformer to build a Fluorescent Lamp of 10W to 20W.

 From Schematics of delabs

Fluorescent lamps can be fired and lit at high frequency at relatively lower voltages. Experiment both with frequency and pulse width to get nominal lighting at good efficiency. One of the reasons CFL lamps -230V and emergency lamps 12V fail, is failure of the switching devices. These have to be overrated thrice or more, the switching heat dissipation should not be underestimated, during low/high voltage and keep a aging allowance.

Designing a working circuit is no big deal. But making a batch of reliable and robust power electronics products, which are idiot proof and abuse resistant is a challenge for engineering. Then they will need it at an affordable price too… Checkmate !

## LM555 Voltage Doubler

This circuit shows the voltage doubler working with a 555. LM555 has good drive 200mA, both Vcc and Gnd.

555 has the advantage of having a high drive as well as being a Mixed Design, Analog Programmable chip. That may be a High Title for such humble a chip.

It has the capability of a Mini ADC due to its VCO function. It could form even a simple switching supply. Power Line Modems have been designed using this chip.

Timers, Modulators, Trip Relays and even a Timer for The Humble Bread Toaster. Musical circuits, Piano and Metronome Galore, it drives Speakers directly.

The Star of what we used to Know as Chip as IC. Too small today in the days of ASIC and FPGA. But ideal for Education of Electronics and Simple Real times Solutions.