SLVA720A July 2015 – October 2020 CD14538B , CD14538B-MIL , CD4047B , CD4047B-MIL , CD4098B , CD4098B-MIL , CD54HC123 , CD54HC221 , CD54HC4538 , CD54HCT123 , CD54HCT4538 , CD74HC123 , CD74HC221 , CD74HC423 , CD74HC4538 , CD74HC4538-Q1 , CD74HCT123 , CD74HCT221 , CD74HCT423 , CD74HCT4538 , SN54121 , SN54123 , SN54221 , SN54AHC123A , SN54AHCT123A , SN54LS123 , SN54LS123-SP , SN54LS221 , SN74121 , SN74221 , SN74AHC123A , SN74AHC123A-EP , SN74AHCT123A , SN74LS122 , SN74LS123 , SN74LS221 , SN74LS423 , SN74LV123A , SN74LV123A-EP , SN74LV123A-Q1 , SN74LV221A , SN74LV221A-Q1 , SN74LVC1G123
A “Monostable Multivibrator” is so named because its output is only stable in one state. When triggered, this device will switch the output to the so-called 'unstable state' for a set period of time and then return to the stable state. Note that "stable" in this context refers to an output state that will remain the same without an external input and "unstable" refers to a state which will change without external input. Since one input trigger event results in one output pulse, this device is also known as a “one-shot.” The SN74LVC1G123 will be used herein as an example because it is one of our most popular devices, but TI offers many other monostable multivibrators in different logic families to fit a wide variety of applications.
These devices can be used as debouncers, pulse extenders, delays, and edge detectors. They are very useful for cleaning up input signals to logic circuits of all types.