Alternative for LM566?

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Alternative for LM566?

Post by RHS » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:21 am

Since National and NTE have discontinued their respective 566 versions, is there a single-chip replacement? Or a combination? I am working on some of Thomas Henry's synth designs. I know that the chips can still be found, but prices are escalating.

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Post by Chris Smith » Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:01 pm

Just Google VCO for a listing.

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Post by Edd » Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:23 pm

Great shades of Southwest Technical Products and:
….as that was where I saw that chip used the most in its early days.
I probably have one or two back in deeeeep storage, so I couldn’t put my
hands on one of them immediately. I was going to suggest:

….but it looks like he only has its companion chip the ‘567 still left in stock.
As per your comment on a second supply, I have seen it on the peg board at
FRY’s as its NTE equivalent:

Jumping up to an ICL 8038, is a much larger chip of just a wee newer design age than the ‘566 and you would probably want to stay with the ‘566.

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Post by rshayes » Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:23 pm

The original part was the NE566, made by Signetics and introduced in the early 1970s. Signetics was eventually bought by Philllips, and it appears that Phillips no longer makes the part. It probably didn't sell in the volume that Phillips wanted to see.

The NE566 is a VCO alone. It appears to be practically the same as the VCO in the NE565 phase locked loop chip. That chip may also be hard to get.

A similar VCO was used in the ICL8038. This is not a pin for pin replacement, since it also included a sawtooth to sine wave converter. Intersil was bought by General Electric, which sold it to Harris. Harris is using the Intersil name for its analog parts, so there is a possibility that the ICL8038 is still avaliable.

NTE appears to be a retailing operation. I doubt if they actually produce the chips they sell. The fact that NTE has discontinued the chip may indicate that nobody is producing it at a reasonable price.

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Post by RHS » Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:52 pm

Thanks for all the help! I'll give the 8038 a shot.

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