The name mutivibrator designates a group of the circuits widely applied for switching as shift registers or temporary memories and as square. Astable and Monostable Multivibrator Using Timer IC modes: Astable, Monostable and Bistable IC as an astable multivibrator is a. Multivibrator circuits are basically three types- monostable, bistable, astable. Find an examples of each circuit using BJT, logic gates and timer IC.

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To approach the needed square waveform, the collector resistors have to be low in resistance. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The circuit has one stable state and one quasi stable state. Operational Amplifiers, 2nd Ed.

The capacitor discharges through resistor R and charges again to minostable. In this configuration, both coupling networks provide AC coupling through coupling capacitors.

Astable vs Monostable vs Bistable Multivibrator types

Annales de Physique monosatble French. After elapsing the time, it returns to its stable initial state. The first trigger causes conducting transistor to cut-off mode and second trigger causes it back to conducting mode. During State 2Q2 base-emitter junction is forward-biased and capacitor C1 is “hooked” to ground.

Now a negative trigger of magnitude V1 is applied to the non-inverting terminal so that the effective signal at this terminal is less than 0.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. As a result, Q2 gets switched off. It supplies a single out put pulse of desired duration for every input trigger pulse. Depending upon type of coupling network used, there are three types of multivibrators. When triggered by an input pulse, a monostable multivibrator will switch to its unstable position for a period of time, and then return to its stable state.

A diode D1 clamps the capacitor voltage to 0. It can be switched to quasi stable state by an external trigger but it returns to the stable condition after delay time which is determined by the components of circuit. This can occur at startup without external intervention, if R and C are both very small.


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If repeated application of the input pulse maintains the circuit in the unstable state, it is called a retriggerable monostable. In this way it oscillates and generates pulses.

Q2 collector voltage is the output of the circuit in contrast to the astable circuitit has a perfect square waveform since the output is not loaded by the capacitor. If further trigger pulses do not affect the period, the circuit is a non-retriggerable multivibrator. Thus C2 restores its charge and prepares for the next State C2 when it will act as a time-setting capacitor. As its left-hand negative plate is connected to Q1 base, a maximum negative voltage – V is applied to Q1 base that keeps Q1 firmly off.

Its collector voltage begins rising; this change transfers back through the almost empty C1 to Q2 base and makes Q2 conduct more thus sustaining the initial input impact on Q2 base. The circuit has two astable unstable states that change alternatively with maximum transition rate because of the “accelerating” positive feedback. In the monostable multivibrator, one resistive-capacitive network C 2 -R 3 multivibratots Figure 1 is replaced by a resistive network just a resistor.


The astable or free running multivibrator continuously switching from one state to the other and back to the first state. In practice, oscillation always occurs for practical values of R and C. Pulse And Digital Circuits. A free-running multivibrator with a frequency of one-half to one-tenth of the reference frequency would accurately lock to the reference frequency. In the charging capacitor equation above, substituting:.

This section does not cite any sources. This is a comparator circuit and hence, the output becomes -V sat. How long this takes is half our multivibrator switching time the other half comes from C1. The circuit operation is based on the fact that the forward-biased base-emitter junction of the switched-on bipolar transistor can provide a path for the capacitor restoration.


This technique was used in early electronic organs, to keep notes of different octaves accurately in tune.

Thus, Set is used to “set” Q1 on, and Reset is used to “reset” it to off state. As Q2 base-emitter junction is reverse-biased, it does not conduct, so all the current from R2 goes into C1. However, this means that at this stage they will both have high base voltages and therefore a tendency to switch on, and inevitable slight asymmetries will mean that one snd the transistors is first to switch on.

Figure-4 depicts circuit used for bistable multivibrator. Multivibrators find applications in a variety of systems where square waves or timed intervals are required. One has high voltage while the other has low voltage, except during the brief transitions from one state to the other.

This is shown in the figure Capacitance of a capacitor September 1, It is triggered by zero or negative input signal applied to Q2 base with the same success it can be triggered by applying a positive input signal through a resistor to Q1 base. Difference between astable monostable bistabel bistable multivibrator Posted by: The output voltage of the switched-off transistor Q1 changes exponentially from low to high since this relatively high resistive output is loaded by a low impedance load capacitor C1.

The diode will now get reverse biased and the capacitor starts charging exponentially to -Vsat through R. It has no stable state but only has two half stable states between which it oscillating.

Figure-3 depicts circuit used for monostable multivibrator.