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Zilog MCU offers improved costs, power efficiency

Posted: 23 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zilog? microcontroller? mcu? z8 cisc architecture? zgp323?

Zilog released a new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) that promises to achieve significant improvements in cost and power efficiency.

According to the company, these improvements will open up a new wave of applications that will benefit immediately from these new one-time programmable (OTP) microcontrollers, particularly in the greater China market. Based on its Z8 CISC architecture, the ZGP323 family offers a comprehensive collection of OTP MCUs to the general purpose market.

"This is an exciting introduction for us since it offers our customers a best-in-class product that meets all their requirements," said Ramesh Ramchandani, SVP of marketing. "By combining the enhanced performance, low power usage and low cost with the extended functionality and high number of compatible peripheral options that the ZGP323 provides, Zilog will open up new market opportunities for its customers, particularly in the consumer electronics and industrial control arenas."

Embedded control in applications such as general purpose, toys and handheld battery operated devices continue to demand cost-effective, 8bit solutions that offer designers flexibility in terms of memory options, pin count and, most importantly, low power consumption, the press release said. This new power-efficient, low cost, Z8 GP family offers customers a broad range of memory sizes, voltage options and package pin counts, Zilog added.

"Our focus is to provide innovative embedded control solutions and with this latest upgrade to the Z8 we are expanding our product offering and targeting applications where power efficiency and cost are critical to the design-in decision," commented CEO James Thorburn.

The new Z8 GP family comes in 4k, 8k, 16k and 32k memory sizes, with 20-, 28-, 40- and 48-pin varieties available. Packages include CDIP, PDIP, SOIC and SSOP. The ZGP323 OTP version is priced from 90 cents to $1.20 per unit (depending on quantities ordered), and is immediately available for order.

The ZGP323 is launched alongside the ZGR323L and ZGR163L ROM devices. Zilog said the key advantages of these new devices are ultra low cost, a large operating voltage range (from 2V to 5.5V), standard, extended and automotive temperature ranges, and a rich set of features including 4kb to 32kb OTP memory, 237 bytes of general-purpose RAM, up to 32 GPIO and low power consumption.

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