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Zilog Announces New World of Motors Reference Design

December 10, 2015
By Business Wire News

LEIDEN, Netherlands & MILPITAS, Calif.

Zilog®, a wholly owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) that specializes in application specific solutions with microcontrollers (MCUs), today introduced its World of Motors reference design, expanding its portfolio of motor control solutions.

The World of Motors (WoM) Reference Design Board is a development platform built on Zilog’s series of Mini-Z stamp modules, designed to provide engineers, students, and enthusiasts with an easy to use platform for developing prototypes and projects related to motor control. The WoM board’s compatibility with the basic stamp modules sold by several vendors, in addition to Zilog’s Mini-Z modules, offers users flexibility and choice. This reference design includes the option to use the built-in Mini-Z shell or program a custom interface.

Key features of the World of Motors Reference Design include wireless control of motors using Mini-Z ZPAN or Mini-Z WLAN modules which have a ZNEO 16 bit microcontroller and provides an easy console communication GUI, and the ability to control the following types of motors:

  • DC brush motor
  • Servo motor
  • Unipolar stepper motor
  • Bipolar stepper motor

Examples of applications that are well suited for this reference design include robotics, navigation systems, security locks, fans, instrumentation systems, and automated sprinkler systems.

This design features several IXYS components:

  • DSS10-006A (3) (IXYS 10A diode)
  • IXDN602 (2) – FET Driver
  • IXDF602(4) – FET Driver
  • XBS104S1AR-G (12) – Torex Diodes
  • IXTA100N04T2 (8) – NChannel Trench FET
  • IXTA32P05T (4) – PChannel Trench FET

“A highlight of IXYS and Zilog reference designs is that we combine many of the company’s components which work extremely well together. By using IXYS products this demonstrates a fully integrated system. We design these complete solutions to help our customers solve problems quickly and thereby shorten their own product development time to market,” remarked Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing.

Zilog’s World of Motors Reference Design is now available for customers that place orders through the Zilog Store. For more information, visit

About Zilog, an IXYS Company

Zilog 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, rating, benefits, reliability, availability 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 Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2015. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.

Zilog Inc.
Steve Darrough, 408-644-6534