Zilog Rolls Out Z8F083A Series Flash Microcontroller

Zilog (Nasdaq: ZILG), a leading provider of 8 and 16-bit flash microcontrollers (MCU) universal remote controls and ARM(R) core based 32-bit Application Specific Standard Products (ASSP) announced the latest addition to its award winning Z8 Encore! XP(R) portfolio — the Z8F083A Series Flash microcontroller (MCU). The new solution delivers embedded design engineers the best cost/performance ratio for fan control and universal motor control applications by offering an optimized feature set, scalability, and the lowest bill of materials (BOM) cost in the market today.

The new Z8F083A Series is a major win for fan control and motor control customers, since it provides the fundamental features required for electric fans and universal motor control. What makes these devices unique, however, are the enhanced functionalities on-chip, including a 2.5 times faster internal precision oscillator and 5 times faster ADC over competing products in its class. This equates to faster response times for critical motor control loop operations. Adding to that current and temperature monitoring and extremely competitive prices, the new Z8F083A MCU is the best cost/performance solution for customers of fan control and universal motor control applications. The new series also offers a single-pin On-Chip Debugger (OCD) port for in-system Flash programming and debugging. This underscores one of Zilog’s key benefits since the company offers this feature across the entire Z8Encore!XP(R) family.

“This solution was designed from the ground up to fully optimize costs and performance specifically for our fan and universal motor control customers,” commented Michelle Leyden Li, director of product marketing, Zilog. “The full pin-out compatibility and easy quick drop-in replacement exemplifies our approach of creating a solution that is both ‘lean’ and ‘strong,’ offering our customers increased performance where they need it while also reducing overall system costs and speeding time-to-market.”

Available immediately, the Z8 Encore! XP(R) F083A Flash MCUs are designed based on the powerful Zilog eZ8(TM) CPU core — a core architecture that rivals the performance of a 16-bit CPU core. The family supports up to 8 Kbytes of Flash memory, 256 bytes of register RAM, and is pin-for-pin compatible with other members of the Z8 Encore! XP(R) family, allowing an easy migration path from 1 Kbytes up to 12 Kbytes.

The Z8F083A Series also includes a targeted peripheral set featuring an up to eight channel, fast 2.8 ums ‘best in class’ successive approximation register (SAR) Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), an ‘on-chip’ 20 MHz Internal Precision Oscillator that eliminate the need of an external crystal or oscillator, and 100 bytes of Non-Volatile Data Storage (NVDS) for storing system parameters or user data. The new series also offers a single-pin On- Chip Debugger (OCD) port for in-system Flash programming and debugging. These devices also include two enhanced 16-bit timers/counters featuring capture, compare and PWM capabilities, and one analog comparator, providing increased design flexibility in end applications. In addition, the F083A’s single-pin debugger and programming interface simplifies code development, allowing for easy in-circuit programming.

The Z8 Encore! XP(R) F083A Series is supported by an comprehensive development environment that uses a USB Smart Cable and Opto-Isolated USB Smart Cable. The family is also supported by ZDS II-Zilog’s Z8 Encore! XP(R) integrated development environment (IDE) with ANSI C-Compiler. The ZDS II IDE includes:

  • Sample code
  • Product specifications
  • Product briefs
  • Multiple application notes
  • eZ8 CPU User Manual

Pricing and Availability
The F083A series is available from Zilog’s regular network of global suppliers. Pricing for the Z8Encore!XP(R), F083A and F0830 families varies according to product type and order quantity. Prices range from $ 0.60 to $1.10 USD.

About Zilog
Founded in 1974, Zilog is a global supplier of 8, 16 and 32-bit microcontroller and microprocessor “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) solutions that allow design engineers the freedom and creativity required for continued innovation in embedded design. The company won international acclaim for designing one of the first architectures in the microprocessors and microcontrollers industry. Today, Zilog designs, develops and markets a broad portfolio of devices for embedded control and communication applications used in consumer electronics, home appliances, security systems, point of sales terminals, personal computer peripherals, as well as industrial and automotive applications. Zilog is headquartered in San Jose, California, and employs approximately 500 people worldwide with sales offices throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

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