11 Facts About Zilog


Zilog, Inc is an American manufacturer of microprocessors and 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers.

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Zilog made 16- and 32-bit processors, but these did not see widespread use.

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Zilog was started in California in 1974 by Federico Faggin and Ralph Ungermann, who both left Intel after working on the 4004 and 8080 microprocessors and custom chips.

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Zilog went public in 1991, but was acquired in 1998 by Texas Pacific Group for $527 million.

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In 1999, Zilog acquired Production Languages Corporation for an unspecified amount less than $10 million.

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In February 2007, Zilog hired Darin Billerbeck to replace Jim Thorburn as president and CEO.

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In January 2008, Zilog declined an unsolicited proposal made by Universal Electronics Inc to acquire the company.

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Since early 2010, Zilog has refocused on the industrial and consumer markets for motion detection, motor control, RF wireless and embedded security applications, and is currently producing a number of reference designs that integrate its 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers with IXYS power management products.

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In February 2012, Zilog announced the release of its Z8051 family of microcontrollers and tool sets to fill a vacancy in the developer market for 8051 cores that was created when chip-maker NXP Semiconductors exited the 8051 market.

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Zilog formed a Systems Division, which designed the Zilog System 8000, a Z8000- or Z80000-based multiuser computer system running a Unix derivative called ZEUS .

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Zilog attempted to enter the 32-bit microcontroller market in February 2006 with the demonstration of ARM9-based Point-Of-Sale microcontroller product line.

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