Why are my cmos chips always breaking ?

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Joined Apr 29, 2008
I have added tons of capacitor on my power lines , ceramic .001 and .1 uf bypass capacitors on the lmc555 chip and iother cmos chips , it does the same thing with or without capacitors .

It will ruin any cmos input in a microsecond .

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Joined Apr 29, 2008
I have more than 5000 UF across the rail , before I had massive oscillations and transcients from these cmos chips on my rail , now it never even moves when I see on on scope .

Many different varieties , stuck almost all I had there . from tiny to huge , it seems to be working .

Most of the problrms were caused by this lmc555 and my only cmos chip clock , the lmc555 is only connected to one clock input thx god .

I tried with other types of cmos cheaps , same thing happens , always breaking ...

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Joined Apr 29, 2008
I did get it working before , for like 2 hours straight , I changed a few capacitors , a few resistors and now its just messed up ...

Perhaps I momentarely short circuited the lmc555 ?


Joined Nov 6, 2005
There are a few possible cures for ringing / overshoot like that.

1: Add a low value series resistor directly at the output of the driver IC (the 555 in your case). This could be anything from 10 Ohms to 100 Ohms or more, depending on the circuit. It acts in conjunction with the circuit capacitance as a low pass filter, slowing the edge transitions to reduce ringing.

2: Add a terminator at the recieving end of the line - the chip the clock goes in to.
That's trial and error, but start with something like 470 Ohm in series with 100pF, from clock in to 0V/Ground. If the clock line goes to more than one chip, put this farthest from the clock source.

Edit: I'm thinking CMOS (4000) drive levels.. If the CMOS 555 is a high current drive device like the standard one, just use 470 Ohms from the clock input to +5V (or 1K if you are running it on 12V).

3: Clamp it - fit a schottky diode from the chip input to 0V , so the clock pin cannot go negative of 0V. (Or actually not enough to do harm).

With a lot of CMOS chips, if a pin is forced more than 0.7V outside the supply (above V+ or below 0V), the whole silicon die fires like a thyristor, shorting across power.

With anything like this, you need to design and prototype to suit the frequencies involved - not the clock speed, but the logic edge speed;
eg. if the high-to-low or low-to-high transition took 1uS (very slow), two transitions - a full cycle - would take 2uS, giving an effective frequency of 500KHz.

With fast logic you more likely have edge speeds of 1nS = 2nS/Cycle or 500MHz+ effective frequency.

You need to use RF design techniques for grounding, decoupling and impedance matching with high speed logic, even if the clock *rate* is only 1KHz.

As an example, if you look at a PC motherboard or memory module, you will see masses of tiny surface mount resistor arrays. These are the series resistors as in (1) above. They actually allow things to work faster, as the logic levels stabilise sooner if ringing is prevented.
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Joined Jan 8, 2009
First of all please provide your circuit diagram.

Second thing is, this is a CMOS chip, did you take precautions to avoid chip damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) from your hand? It will damage the chip even before you connect the wires by just touching it.

Check your power supply. Add electrolytic capacitors of atleast 1000uF to filter the ripples. Use a supply voltage of minimum 3V when testing.

If it is not quite a problem, try using the normal version which is very rugged.


Joined Dec 20, 2007
The supply voltage is not shown.
The Cmos 555 does not have enough output current to drive a feedback resistance that is less than about 10k ohms but yours is less than 1k ohms.
An ordinary 555 will work in that circuit if its supply voltage is at least 4.5V and the pot is more than 100 ohms.

The long connecting wires on a breadboard are inductive and cause ringing.

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Joined Apr 29, 2008
Gwaaaa sometimes I feel like the devil is attacking me , I HATE CMOS !!!!!!!!!!

One of my dividers just started heating up for no reason.

I tried a regular 555 , brand new ... and it was doing the same .

I'm using a regular cd4047 and there is no negative whatsoever .

This 555 has a problem , both of them have problems , it does the same with a single resistor no pot and tiny wires .

I need a better oscillator , does nyone know of a chip that can go to 3 mhz and always 50/50 .



Joined Apr 5, 2008

What frequency range do you need?
On what voltage are your circuits working?
Make an oscillator on the double frequency and divide it by 2.
The result will always me 50/50 duty cycle.



Joined Aug 27, 2009
This circuit is not the typical way to use a 555. My speculation is that having the charging capacitor connected to the output presents a high capacitive load that results in significant undershoot/ringing, potentially damaging the downstream device (or possibly causing it to not function correctly).

Here is a circuit I found that can be used to get a 50% duty cycle with a more conventional 555 setup.