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NE556N Dual Timer IC

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Pin Configuration

Pin Number

Pin Name




Open collector output which discharges a capacitor between intervals (in phase with output). 7 I It toggles the output from high to low when voltage reaches 2/3 of the supply voltage



Compares the voltage applied to the terminal with a reference voltage of 2/3 Vcc. The 6 I amplitude of voltage applied to this terminal is responsible for the set state of the flip-flop


Control Voltage

Controls the threshold and trigger levels. It determines the pulse width of the output 5 Voltage I waveform. An external voltage applied to this pin can also be used to modulate the output waveform



Negative pulse applied to this pin to disable or reset the timer. When not used for reset 4 I purposes, it should be connected to VCC to avoid false triggering



This pin is normally connected to load as it is the only pin with output driven waveform



Responsible for transition of the flip-flop from set to reset. The output of the timer depends 2 I on the amplitude of the external trigger pulse applied to this pin



Ground Reference Voltage 0V



Supply Voltage (Typical = 5V, Maximum = 18V)



  • Two precision Timers in one single package
  • Typical operating voltage is +5V, can withstand a maximum of +18V.
  • The source/sink current of the output pin is 150mA
  • Minimum Threshold voltage is 2.4 @ Vcc=5V
  • Operating Temperature is 70 degree Celsius.
  • Available in 14-pin PDIP, SOIC, and VSSOP packages

Note: The above values are mentioned for PDIP package, Complete Technical Details can be found at the NE556 datasheet given at the end of this page.


Alternatives Dual Timer IC



Where to use NE556 IC

The NE556 IC is the dual version of NE555 IC, meaning the NE556 has two timers inside it. As we know 555 ICs have been used for a long time now due to their reliable properties and applications. The NE556 can also be used for all those application additionally since this works with CMOS technology we can have two timers inside a single package with improved characteristics.

So if you are looking for a modern replacement for the 555 Timer IC then NE556 might be the right choice for you.


Difference Between 555 and 556 IC

The NE556 is the successor of the classic 555 Timer IC. It has two Timers inside a single package. This reduces the form factor and complexity of the system. Functionality and pin description wise both 555 and 556 are identical.


How to use NE556 IC

Application wise both NE555 and NE556 are one and the same, so if you want to know the basic of the Timer IC then read through the NE555 page. Since the NE556 is a 14-pin dual timer package there are two sets of all the timer pins (Threshold, Out, Trigger, Control Voltage, Discharge) and both the timer share the same Vcc and ground pins.

Timer IC’s are the most commonly used ICs for timing and Pulse generation applications. They can adopt itself into various applications due to its different operating modes. They are very simple to understand and if we take a look at the components present inside as shown below.

NE556 IC Inside Components

There are three resistors of value 5K, which gives this IC it’s iconic name “555 Timer”. It has dual comparators and flip-flop which will make this IC operated in three different modes such as Astable, Monostable and Bistable(Schimitt) Mode.  



  • Time Delay Generation
  • Pulse Width Modulation
  • Pulse generation
  • Precision Timing
  • Sequential Timing circuits


2D model of the component (PDIP)

NE556 IC Dimensions

Download Datasheet PDF:
NE556N Dual Timer Datasheet