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Zilog Announces Z8051 MCU Development Tools Featuring a Wide Array of Industry-Standard 8051-Based Solutions

Zilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and a pioneer supplier of application-specific, embedded microcontroller (MCU) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for industrial, power management and consumer applications, today introduced Version 2.1 of its Z8051 MCU Development Tools.

This new version of Zilog’s Z8051 toolset now offers seamless integration of the Keil® debugger with Zilog’s On-Chip Debugger, allowing users of the Keil® C51 tool to work in the Keil® environment without switching between the Keil® compiler and Zilog’s external OCD software.

Zilog’s Z8051 Software and Documentation package provides applications and documentation support for the Z8051 microcontroller, the Z8051 On-Chip Debugger and In-System Programmer, and the Z8051 development boards. It includes sample applications, device drivers, and distribution of free open-source small device C Compiler (SDCC) software development tools and header files. Zilog’s Z8051 microcontrollers and their related development toolsets are described in Zilog’s Z8051 product specifications, user guides and other required documentation. This documentation is packaged with the Z8051 Tools version 2.1 as a single file, which is available for free from the Zilog Store.

Zilog’s Z8051 MCU products provide flexible and cost-effective solutions to a variety of embedded control applications. Development software is available from numerous third-party support centers, which often means no change to the development environments that design engineers are already using for their 8051 platforms.

“Zilog, as a part of IXYS, maintains a continuing commitment to supporting our customers with a long product life cycle, especially in power management, where IXYS has been growing worldwide. With the growth of digital power management in energy-efficient products for clean energy generation, automation, appliances, automotive, lighting and telecommunication, we believe that offering the popular Z8051 MCU allows us to accelerate the adoption of our MCU solutions in these markets,” said Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing. “The world of IXYS, especially for our customers, now includes power semiconductors, analog ICs, mixed-signal ICs, SSRs, MCUs and RF devices to complete a synergy of system design possibilities like no other semiconductor company.”

Zilog’s Z8051 products and development kits are now available for customers that place orders through Zilog’s distribution or representatives. For more information, visit

About Zilog, Inc.

Zilog is a trusted supplier of application-specific, embedded system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the industrial and consumer markets. From its roots as an award-winning architect in the microprocessor and microcontroller industry, Zilog has evolved its expertise beyond core silicon to include SoCs, single board computers, application specific software stacks and development tools that allow embedded designers quick time to market in areas such as energy management, monitoring and metering, motor control and motion detection. Zilog is an IXYS company. For more information, visit our websites at, and

About IXYS Corporation

IXYS Corporation makes and markets technology-driven products to improve power conversion efficiency, generate solar and wind power and provide efficient motor control for industrial applications. IXYS offers a diversified product base that addresses worldwide needs for power control, electrical efficiency, renewable energy, telecommunications, medical devices, electronic displays and RF power.

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Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including the performance, features and suitability of products for various applications, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the results of IXYS to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.

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