ZILOG Announces New “ZAURA™” RF AC Power-Switching Relay Reference Design Featuring Advanced MCU and Wireless Technology

Latest Series of High-Performance Reference Design Solutions Offering Wireless Digital Connectivity

MILPITAS, Calif. & BIEL, Switzerland — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 14, 2013 — 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 its new ZAURA™ Reference Design Platform to provide a location-independent digital wireless solution that targets the industry need for wireless connectivity for control, sensing and metering.

This reference design integrates Zilog’s ZAURA™ RF 868 MHz Wireless Module onto an AC power switching relay designed to showcase the features and performance of a relay-based switch with AC voltage zero-crossing detection to minimize surge currents. This reference design can be used as a basis for developing systems that can control different power installations. On its own, without the ZAURA RF Wireless Module attached, the AC power switch functions as a demonstration board providing current to power the ZAURA RF Wireless Module and relay. The board, with the Module attached and controlled by a hand-held remote control device, enables RF communication to turn loads on and off. If developers wish to develop RF remote control software, Zilog recommends purchasing the ZAURA RF Wireless 868 MHz Module Development Kit, because the hand-held ZAURA RF remote control device included with this reference design uses the same hardware and software libraries as this kit.

This AC Power Switching Relay with ZAURA Control reference design features a 90–240V AC RMS input voltage range, up to 10 amps of load current, less than 2mA of standby current at 120V AC when in an on or off state, and the 868 MHz ZAURA RF Wireless Module. Documentation supplied with this reference design provides specifications and schematics, describes its software commands, and also provides a procedure for quickly getting started with development.

“Very little RF knowledge is required to use ZAURA™ Technology, because Zilog provides a complete development environment for controlling the various aspects of the ZAURA platform. This new RF platform helps to shorten your time to market for a wide range of wireless applications,” remarked Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing. “We have deployed it in wireless lighting control solutions that are based on our occupancy motion sensing products, to provide a totally wireless energy-saving lighting solution.”

Zilog’s ZAURA RF AC Power Switching Relay Reference Design is now available for customers that place orders through Zilog’s online store. 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 our websites at http://www.ixys.com, and http://www.zilog.com.

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.

Safe Harbor Statement

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.

Zilog® and ZAURA™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zilog, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and other countries.



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Zilog, Inc.
Steve Darrough, 408-644-6534
VP of Marketing
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