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Zilog Announces Rugged General-Purpose MCU for High Temperature Applications


MILPITAS, CA & BIEL, Switzerland--April 23, 2013: Zilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation and a pioneer supplier of application-specific, embedded microcontroller (MCU) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the industrial, telecommunication, automotive and consumer markets, today introduces High Temperature Masked ROM Z86C08 MCUs which are suitable for applications that require a general-purpose MCU to operate at sustained elevated temperatures.

Unlike some Flash-based MCUs that are guaranteed to operate at 150C for only 40 to 310 days, the High Temperature Z86C08 MCU can operate at a temperature of 150C for many years without experiencing program memory data retention issues. Such applications can include under-the-hood automotive applications, deep drilling, aircraft propulsion systems, HVAC applications, high-power motor/generator systems, industrial, instrumentation, and distributed control applications (e.g., natural resources exploration & production), as well as military applications.

For applications demanding powerful I/O capabilities, Zilog's Z86C08 MCU's dedicated input and output lines are grouped into three ports, and are configurable under software control to provide timing, status signals, or parallel I/O. Two on-chip counter/timers, with a large number of user-selectable modes, offload the system of administering real-time tasks such as counting/timing and I/O data communications.

"Under the 'World of IXYS', where a large part of our products see high temperature operations, especially in the power electronics markets, it is inevitable to offer rugged MCU's for digital power control that can operate at higher temperatures. Reliable operation over a prolonged duration makes the Z86C08 High Temperature ROM device an excellent solution for hot environments where the loss of a programmed application in Flash memory is a typical constraint," remarked Steve Darrough, Zilog VP of Marketing.