I am involved in qualifying a sine wave generator that is using a first order LPF and a 555 timer in astable configuration to generate a sine wave(-ish) output. I would have designed it differently, but we already made the board, so I have to work with the design the best I can. The designer has placed the corner frequency of the first order LPF at 100kHz and the oscillator is running at 230kHz. A variable gain stage (not an op-amp, but similar, with 7M ohm input resistance) calibrated with a variable resistor is being used to set the final gain, so output amplitude from the filter doesn't matter except that it must remain constant. The output frequency isn't critical, but the peak output voltage is.
Because the oscillator is running in a region of the filter where gain changes -20dB/decade, the frequency has an impact on the gain. I was hoping someone could tell me how much 555 timers change in frequency from use to use to help me assess how much trouble this design is in. All components are surface mount. I know capacitors and resistors change with temperature; the device should always be within a 15 degrees Fahrenheit range when in use. Also, I am unfamiliar with how much surface mount capacitor capacitance changes over long periods of time.