- The most common timer chip is the 555, but it comes in a few flavors!
- 555’s are commidified, you’ll see them made by dozens of manufacturers.
- Pretty much any ‘555 is pin compatible with different power ratings, voltage ratings, max frequency etc.
- NE555, SE555 LM555 is the ‘original’ TTL version but is power hungry, and needs 4.5V or higher to run! In general the CMOS versions are better
- The LMC555/TLC555 is the lighter-weight CMOS version, it can run as low as 1.5V, with much less power dissipation. These are your bread and butter!
- The TLC551CP is ultra low voltage, can run on 1V, making it perfect for single-alkaline-battery operation
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