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Zilog IR solutions power latest electronic gadgets

Posted: 14 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:crimzon ir? tv-b-gone? tv receiver? z8 microcontroller?

Zilog Inc. has announced that its Crimzon IR family of 8bit solutions is powering one of the latest electronic gadgets, the TV-B-Gone. Created by Mitch Altman and his firm Cornfield Electronics, TV-B-Gone is a keychain-sized device that looks like most car remote control products, but with the a power to switch off most makes and models of TV receivers with the push of a button.

When TV-B-Gone is activated, it can flash more than 200 codes to most TVs in an instant. To be commercially viable, Altman's company needed to depend on a company with the technology and the code database to support TV-B-Gone on a global scale. Altman noted that manufacturers periodically add new codes, so partnering with a company whose leadership in IR is unquestionable was very important to the success of the product. "Its code database is the most comprehensive, and its microcontrollers are proven. These differentiators proved instrumental in our decision and our ability to launch TV-B-Gone," remarked Altman.

Zilog offers a complete line of efficient low-voltage Z8 microcontrollers customized for use in IR remotes, IR keyboards and IR blaster applications. Application support is provided to help customers implement its extensive database libraries. TV-B-Gone uses Zilog's Crimzon ZLP32300 and ZLR32300 infrared microcontrollers, its 500,000+ strong universal IR code database and engineering design services for customer code development.

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