NE555 Timer inventor passes away

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In summary, the conversation is about the recent discovery of the death of Hans R. Camenzind, the inventor of the 555 timer IC. The participants express their sadness and appreciation for his contribution to electronics. They also mention the possibility of a monument being erected in his hometown in Switzerland.
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Only a couple of weeks late ... it just came to my notice and scrolling back through threads I don't see any other mention

Hans R. Camenzind (1934 – August 8th, 2012) was a Swiss electronics engineer best known for inventing the 555 timer IC in 1970
Sad day indeed, what an amazing little chip and still going strong


Mentors ... wasnt sure if to post this in here or in PF lounge general discussion ? feel free to move it if appropriate :)



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May Hans R. Camenzind rest in peace! His invention has facilitated uncounted applications world-wide. Maybe the folks in his hometown in Switzerland will erect a monument (8-pin dual-in-line integrated circuit?) on their town square.
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Rest in peace Hans R. Camenzind. We will never forget your awesome invention. Your IC555 was my first love. :D Thank you so much!

1. Who is the inventor of the NE555 Timer and when did they pass away?

The inventor of the NE555 Timer is Hans R. Camenzind. He passed away on August 8, 2012.

2. What is the significance of the NE555 Timer in the field of electronics?

The NE555 Timer is a widely used integrated circuit that was first introduced in 1971. It is used in a variety of electronic devices such as timers, oscillators, and pulse generators, making it a fundamental component in many electronic circuits.

3. What is the basic function of the NE555 Timer?

The NE555 Timer is a monolithic timing circuit that can be used to generate accurate time delays or oscillations. It consists of an oscillator, comparator, and a flip-flop, which work together to produce precise timing signals.

4. Are there any improvements or variations made to the original NE555 Timer invented by Hans Camenzind?

Yes, there have been several improvements and variations made to the original NE555 Timer, including the CMOS version, the low-power version, and the precision version. These variations offer improved performance and features compared to the original design.

5. How has the NE555 Timer influenced the development of modern electronic devices?

The NE555 Timer has played a significant role in the development of modern electronic devices. Its simplicity, versatility, and low cost have made it a popular choice for designers and hobbyists alike. Many of the functions performed by the NE555 Timer are now integrated into microcontrollers and other advanced integrated circuits.