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  1. parkc23

    parkc23 Guest

    Does anyone know a good cookbook for 555 timer?

  2. Well, the application notes from National Semiconductor are pretty good.
    But ISTR a book called something suspiciously like "555 Timer Cookbook" by
    Forrest M. Mims. Yes, here it is, out of print but available used from
  3. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    ISTR Walt Jung wrote one. Dunno if it's good, but I like his other
    books on op-amps and such, so it ought to be. The title is "IC Timer
    Cookbook" and there appear to be several used copies available on, over a wide range of prices.
  4. legg

    legg Guest

  5. Is this 150 p book still on market :
    "The 555 Timer Applications Sourcebook, With experiments"
    By Howard M. Berlin
    First edition
    Seventh Printing 1985 (my book)

    Blacksburg continuing education series.

    Originally published by E L Instruments, Inc

    Howard W. Sams Co., Inc.
    A publishing Subsidiary of ITT

    ISBN 0-672-21538-1
    Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 78-56584

  6. PJ

    PJ Guest

    Here's one on ebay. From the price, it should be hand delivered...Paul
  7. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

  8. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    Yes, but what on earth would you want with something so primitive ?

  9. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  10. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    V rarely. In fact, usually reserved for good old-fashioned use of
    drawing board.

  11. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    I have his "IC Timer Cookbook", but it's a bit disappointing. It
    covers the 555 and several other timer/counter IC's popular in the late 70's -
    but most of the non-555 chips he talks about have faded into complete
    obscurity. He pays scant attention to the CMOS
    oscillator/counter chips which are still available and useful today.
    (Although I can't blame him - TTL was all the rage and if you weren't
    looking at the right angle you might not notice the CMOS offerings).
    Numerous typos and inconsistencies will frustrate the beginner (although
    this is kind-of to be expected in any TAB book).

    The old TI transistor application books do a good job of discussing discrete
    monostables and astables. A lot more math than the typical "cookbook"
    but it's really juicy good stuff.

    Radio Shack sold a book by Forest M Mims III called "Engineers Mini
    Notebook - 555 Timer IC" which I can recommend. All the circuits really
    work, and they illustrate not just using single 555's but chaining them
    together in useful ways (e.g. one 555 as a slow ramp generator driving
    an audio-range VCO - and you've got a whoop whoop siren.)

  12. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    Hey, some of us actually enjoy endeavoring to construct a mnemonic
    memory device from stone knives and bearskins!

    I always wanted to build a color TV using nothing but 555's and 2N2222's.

  13. soundman

    soundman Guest

    I need some kind of light blocking mechanism (ie. a shutter)
    to block light from the front of an 1in diameter optical lens,
    under electronic or electromechanical control. Shutter speed is
    not critical and On/Off control is fine - no need to control
    the amount of passing through.
    Does anybody know of a device which would do this job?
    Is there an LCD type device available which would accomplish
    this (ie. allow light to pass straight through or get fully
    blocked, under electronic control)?


    (PS. get rid of all the numbers in my email to reply direct).
  14. Marc H.Popek

    Marc H.Popek Guest

    Sound man,

    based upon your description, an electromagnetic driven shutter is the
    easiest to drive , has the lowest "insertion loss" of the good light, and
    highest "extinction ratio" with an almost infinite Off/ to ON ratio!

    the lcd would sort of do the trick, and it would be adjustable as you
    suspected! also polarizing the output light, and relatively high
    transmission losses, as well. way faster than the relay and about a 100:1 to
    1000:1 extinction ratio .

  15. Walt Jung

    Walt Jung Guest

    On 19 Aug 2004 17:50:29 -0700, (Tim Shoppa)

    There were two editions of "IC Timer Cookbook" CR, 1977 and
    1983, respectively. The ISBNs were: 0-672-21416-4 for the first Ed.,
    and 0-672-21932-8 for the 2nd Ed. Copies can be found at various
    prices above/below the original at used book shops. Go and enter terms of "IC Timer Cookbook" as title and
    my name as the author.

    In the 2nd Ed. there is a fair amount of info on CMOS
    counter/timers. But yes, such parts as the NSC LM322, LM3905 have left
    the scene, while the 555 goes on strong even today.
    The publisher for these books was Howard W. Sams, not TAB. I
    dunno about the "Numerous typos and inconsistencies" in the two books
    mentioned above. But I have noticed such things in TAB books.

    Walt Jung

    Email: wjung at usa dot net
    Web site:
  16. If there were errors in any of your Sam's books, they had to be relatively
    obscure. The errors in the Tab Books were often pretty blatant. I remember
    the author of a book about the 6809 CPU saying in his Popular Electronics
    column to not buy his book, since it had been edited so badly that they
    left out key things, but kept in a section that was irrelevant without
    the missing section.

  17. Walt Jung

    Walt Jung Guest

    Thnx for the positive words, Michael.
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