Zilog Announces New “Z8051” Microcontroller Product

Zilog Announces New “Z8051” Microcontroller Product Family Featuring a Wide Array of Industry-Standard 8051-Based Microcontroller Solutions

Zilog’s Latest Series of Microcontroller Solutions

Milpitas, CA and Biel, Switzerland, Feb. 27th 2012 – Zilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and the pioneer supplier of application-specific, embedded microcontroller (MCU) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for industrial, power management and consumer applications, today introduced its new Z8051 MCU Product Family.

Zilog established itself, more than thirty five years ago, as a trusted supplier of its classic cores the Z80, the Z8 and the Z16 MCU’s, for a variety of applications. Historically, the genesis of the Zilog MCU’s and the ‘8051’ core came out from the same hub in Silicon Valley, thus it is a natural extension for Zilog to introduce the Z8051. This addition, offers Zilog customers, a wider MCU base, with freedom to design products with their cores of preference. New targeted customers, within the world of IXYS products, with existing embedded design platforms using the 8051 core now have an MCU supplier committed to long-term support of their manufacturing needs with a wide range of peripheral mixed signal circuits, driver IC’s, power management circuits and power semiconductors.  

This powerful Z8051 microcontroller provides a highly flexible and cost-effective solution to a variety of embedded control applications.  Development software is provided from numerous and readily available third-party tools support; which often means no change to the development environments that design engineers are already using for their 8051 platforms.

“Zilog as part of IXYS, has a continuing commitment to support our customers with the long product life cycle, especially in power management, were IXYS has been growing worldwide. With the growth of digital power management in energy efficient products, for clean energy generation, automation, appliances, automotive, lighting  and telecommunication, we believe that offering also, the popular Z8051, we can accelerate the adoption of our MCU  solutions in these markets,” said Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing. “The world of IXYS, especially for our customers, includes now power semiconductors, analog IC’s, Mixed Signal IC’s, SSR’s, MCU’s and RF devices to complete the whole system design like no other semiconductor company, indeed exciting times for Zilog and IXYS“.

Zilog’s Z8051 products and development kits are now available for customers that place orders through Zilog’s distribution or representatives. For more information, visit www.zilog.com.

About Zilog, Inc. 

Zilog is a trusted supplier of application-specific, embedded system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the industrial and consumer markets. From its roots as an award-winning architect in the microprocessor and microcontroller industry, Zilog has evolved its expertise beyond core silicon to include SoCs, single board computers, application specific software stacks and development tools that allow embedded designers quick time to market in areas such as energy management, monitoring and metering, motor control and motion detection. Zilog is an IXYS company. For more information, visit our websites at http://www.ixys.com, and http://www.zilog.com.

About IXYS Corporation
IXYS Corporation makes and markets technology-driven products to improve power conversion efficiency, generate solar and wind power and provide efficient motor control for industrial applications. IXYS offers a diversified product base that addresses worldwide needs for power control, electrical efficiency, renewable energy, telecommunications, medical devices, electronic displays and RF power.

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Steve Darrough                    

VP of Marketing for IXYS-Zilog

408-644-6534  sdarrough@zilog.com