Zilog Announces New MultiMotor Series Development Kit 
for its ZNEO and Z8 Encore! XP Devices

Latest Series of High-Performance Motor Control Solutions Offering Advanced Microcontroller Technology

MultiMotorKitZilog, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and a pioneer supplier of microcontrollers (MCUs) providing solutions for the industrial, telecommunication, automotive and consumer markets, introduces its new MultiMotor Series Development Kit to aid in the development of motor control applications using an assortment of Zilog MCUs designed specifically for motor control environments.

Zilog’s Z16FMC MCU-based MultiMotor Series Development Kit (ZMULTIMC100ZCOG) is a complete application-specific platform for creating a design featuring a Zilog motor control MCU Module connected to a 3-phase MultiMotor Series Development Board. A 24 V DC/3200 RPM 3-phase motor is included with the Kit, though several motor types are supported, including BLDC, PMSM, and ACIM. Control algorithms including sensored, sensorless, trapezoidal, sinusoidal, and vector are also supported in this MultiMotor Series.

The 2.5″ x 3.0″ Motor Control Module provides circuitry that interfaces its Z16FMC MCU to an external development PC running the Zilog Developer Studio II (ZDS II) Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and to the 3-Phase MultiMotor Series Development Board.

Other key features of the MultiMotor Series Development Kit include switches to control the speed, direction, and stop/run settings of the motor, plus 32MB of SPI Flash memory for data logging.

The Z16FMC Series Flash microcontroller that is central to the MultiMotor Series Development Kit is based on Zilog’s advanced ZNEO 16-bit CPU core, which is optimized for motor control applications in which the control of single and multi-phase variable-speed motors is crucial. Target applications are large appliances, small appliances, and HVAC systems. The key features of the Z16FMC MCU include a 20 MHz, 16-bit optimized single-cycle CISC core, up to 128 KB of in-circuit programmable Flash memory, 4 KB internal RAM with 16-bit access, plus highly integrated digital/analog peripherals such as a 12-bit PWM module with three complementary pairs (or six independent PWM outputs), a fast 12-channel, 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for current sampling and back-EMF detection, three standard 16-bit timers with capture, compare, and PWM capability, an analog comparator for current limiting or overcurrent shutdown, an operational amplifier, a 4-channel DMA controller, and a flexible communication interface including a UART with LIN and IrDA, I2C, and enhanced SPI.

“Using our MultiMotor Kit helps developers produce a much smoother motor rotation than that of a full step drive, plus it provides greater resolution and freedom from resonance problems because it involves more steps per revolution,” remarked Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing.

The MultiMotor Series Development Kit is easy to use, and contains everything you need to get started right out of the box. It is now available for customers that place orders with our distributors. For more information, visit www.zilog.com.

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 www.ixys.com, and www.zilog.com.

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