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March 17, 2016 AT 5:55 pm

Teardown and Die Shots of the Venerable 555 Timer #555

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If you’ve played around with electronic circuits, you probably know[1] the 555 timer integrated circuit, said to be the world’s best-selling integrated circuit with billions sold. Designed by analog IC wizard Hans Camenzind[2] in 1970, the 555 has been called one of the greatest chips of all time with whole books devoted to 555 timer circuits.

I’d add, not just billions, but billions annually!

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