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ZiLOG unveils UIR app for Crimzon Emulator kit

Posted: 03 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zilog? crimzon rc express? universal infrared remote? uir? crimzon emulator kit?

ZiLOG Inc. launched of Crimzon RC Express, a configurable and scalable universal infrared remote (UIR) application designed to be used in conjunction with its Crimzon Emulator kit. Together, ZiLOG said, they provide customers with a complete software development environment for developing UIR control units for numerous brands and models of devices, including TV sets, VCR and DVD players and recorders, satellite, cable and STBs, and audio units.

Available immediately free of charge to qualified users, the Crimzon RC Express works with the ZLP32300 family of OTP-based infrared microcontrollers (MCUs) and can be developed and customized using the Crimzon ZLP323ICE01ZEM In-Circuit Emulator Development Kit.

A universal remote control can offer a number of features, from programming the remote for a particular brand to locking a remote key to a particular device. According to the company, these features can easily be scaled by setting the parameters in the Crimzon RC Express configuration.

Through an application program interface (API), which allows programmers to write applications consistent with the operating environment, the Crimzon RC Express hides the complexities of IR transmission from the developer. This software package provides source code for a remote control application based on the API together with a standard remote control database library for a 6-in-1 device. The source code application can be used as is, or can be modified if necessary by the customer with their own specific code. The source code, when linked with an accompanying object file and compiled, provides a fully-functional remote control that can then be burned onto ZLP32300 devices via the Emulator. The programmed chip can then be tested immediately on ZiLOG's proprietary Crimzon Development Platform Board.

"The Crimzon RC Express gives our customers the opportunity to utilize our comprehensive IR database, which contains in excess of half a million code sets," said Ramesh Ramchandani, EVP of sales and marketing. "Access to this resource allows the customer to bolt their own customized application code and user interface code to our database. This gives the customer the best of both worldsan opportunity to use their own IP for user interface, which differentiates their product from others and a chance to use ZiLOG's database, which is the foremost in the industry. Crimzon RC Express will also enable ZiLOG to service more customer projects and provide a much higher level of service to a wider range of customers. and will greatly enhance the speed and ease at which customers can complete their designs."

The Crimzon RC Express Remote Control Software Suite, part number ZLS32300100RXS, is available for download from the company's website.




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