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April 25, 2013

Zilog MCUs Work Consistently Under High-Temperature Conditions



Zilog, a subsidiary of IXYS Corporation, recently released high-temperature masked ROM Z86C08 MCUs that can serve applications that need a general-purpose MCU to operate at elevated temperatures for a long time.

The company supplies application-specific, embedded microcontroller (MCU) system-on-chip solutions that serve the needs of industrial, telecommunication, automotive and consumer markets.

Steve Darrough, Zilog VP of marketing, said, “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,” Darrough added.

Generally, flash-based MCUs operate well within 150 oC for 40 to 310 days. But the new Z86C08 MCU is designed to work at high temperatures of 150 oC for several years with no problems arising regarding program memory data retention.

This makes the device most suitable for under-the-hood automotive applications, deep drilling, aircraft propulsion systems, HVAC applications, high-power motor/generator systems, industrial and instrumentation applications. Besides they also serve distributed control applications such as natural resources exploration and production and military applications.

Zilog’s Z86C08 MCUs also facilitate applications that need powerful I/O capabilities, dedicated input and output lines. The lines get grouped into three ports, and can be configured using software to provide timing, status signals, or parallel I/O.

The device also features two on-chip counter/timers, with several user-selectable modes which will offload the system from administering real-time tasks including counting/timing and I/O data communications, explained officials.

Icon Labs and Zilog recently launched the new ZGATESecurity Bridge Reference Design, a technology solution backed by Icon Labs’ Floodgate Technology.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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