SN74121 Monostable multivibrator with Schmitt-trigger inputs |

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Monostable multivibrator with Schmitt-trigger inputs

Monostable multivibrator with Schmitt-trigger inputs - SN74121


These multivibrators feature dual negative-transition-triggered inputs and a single positive-transition-triggered input which can be used as an inhibit input. Complementary output pulses are provided.

Pulse triggering occurs at a particular voltage level and is not directly related to the transition time of the input pulse. Schmitt-trigger input circuitry (TTL hysteresis) for the B input allow jitter-free triggering from inputs with transition rates as slow as 1 volt/second, providing the circuit with an excellent noise immunity of typically 1.2 volts. A high immunity to VCC noise of typically 1.5 volts is also provided by internal latching circuitry.

Once fired, the outputs are independent of further transitions of the inputs and are a function only of the timing components. Input pulses may be of any duration relative to the output puls. Output pulse length may be varied from 40 nanoseconds to 28 seconds by choosing appropriate timing components. With no external timing components (i.e., Rint connected to VCC, Cext and Rext/Cext open), an output pulse of typically 30 or 35 nanoseconds is achieved which may be used as a d-c triggered reset signal. Output rise and fall times are TTL compatible and independent of pulse length.

Pulse width stability is achieved through internal compensation and is virtually independent of VCC and temperature. In most application, pulse stability will only be limited by the accuracy of external timing components.

Jitter-free operation is maintained over the full temperature and VCC ranges for more than six decades of timing capacitance (10 pF to 10 µF) and more than one decade of timing resistance (2 k may be used. Also, the range of jitter-free output pulse widths is extended if VCC is held to 5 volts and free-air temperature is 25°C. Duty cycles as high as 90% are achieved when using maximum recommended RT. Higher duty cycles are available if a certain amount of pulse-width jitter is allowed.


  • Programmable Output Pulse Width With Rint...35 ns Typ With Rext/Cext ...40 ns to 28 Seconds
  • Internal Compensation for Virtual Temperature Independence
  • Jitter-Free Operation up to 90% Duty Cycle
  • Inhibit Capability


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Part number Order Technology Family Input type Output type VCC (Min) (V) VCC (Max) (V) Channels (#) ICC (uA) IOL (Max) (mA) IOH (Max) (mA) Features Rating
SN74121 Order now TTL     Schmitt-Trigger     Push-Pull     4.75     5.25     1     66000     16     -0.8     Standard speed (tpd > 50ns)     Catalog    
SN54121 Samples not available TTL     Schmitt-Trigger     Push-Pull     4.75     5.25     1     36000     16     -0.8     Standard speed (tpd > 50ns)     Military