New Products, Customers Support Development Effort
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ZiLOG (Nasdaq: ZILG), a
leading provider of integrated microcontrollers (MCUs), announced today that
it is entering the 32-bit ARM-9(R) MCU market. The company is leveraging its
existing technology know-how and strategic focus on application-specific
markets to take advantage of growth opportunities in the areas of security and
Point-of-Sale (POS). Successful product development efforts in this arena have
been ongoing for some time. The company is particularly pleased at the
collaborative support of key security customers who have been instrumental in
driving this particular program.
ZiLOG's move into the 32-bit space is not an entry into the general
purpose ARM-7(R) market. Rather, it is an extension of the company's
application-specific product strategy. In this instance, the company will
continue to develop core families with more sophistication, processing power,
and integration -- all of which build on ZiLOG's existing application
leadership, technical expertise, and knowledge in key markets such as
security, POS, physical access and data access control.
According the figures published by Nilson (The Nilson Report, November
2005), the POS market for microcontrollers was 8.8 million units globally in
2004 and is growing at a rate of 18.1 percent annually. Target applications
encompass secure payment terminals, vending kiosks, postage meters, wireless
and mobile payment terminals, ATMs, contactless terminals such as lottery and
gaming machines, and other pay points. ZiLOG expects to begin shipping
production parts in early summer.
"As with our existing 8-bit product portfolio, we are very much focused on
an application-specific standard product strategy within the 32-bit ARM-9
space," commented ZiLOG chairman and CEO Jim Thorburn. "We are entering an
exciting phase for the company working with key 'tier one' customers in the
security and POS markets to develop new, leading edge products. We believe our
first set of product introductions in the summer will further leverage our
position as one of the leading suppliers of microcontrollers to these
Dr. Norman Sheridan, ZiLOG executive vice president of technology
operations, added: "Whilst our core focus with the ARM-9 product has been on
POS and security, we have identified additional opportunities for applications
in physical access control, for example, transportation, ticketing and
passport/ID, and data access control, such as fitness machines, remote
monitoring and health cards. Although we are still at a very early stage in
these areas, the potential is certainly there for us to explore and the next
few months are an exciting time for our company."
About ZiLOG, Inc.
ZiLOG, Inc. founded in 1974, won international acclaim for designing one
of the first architectures in the microprocessors and microcontrollers
industry. Today, ZiLOG is a leading global supplier of micro-logic devices.
ZiLOG designs and markets a broad portfolio of devices for embedded control
and communication applications used in consumer electronics, home appliances,
security systems, point of sales terminals, personal computer peripherals, as
well as industrial and automotive applications. ZiLOG is headquartered in San
Jose, California, and employs approximately 500 people worldwide with sales
offices and design centers throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more
information about ZiLOG and its products, visit the Company's website at:
NOTE: ZiLOG is a trademark or registered trademark of ZiLOG, Inc. in the
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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations,
plans or prospects for ZiLOG, Inc. and its market that are based upon the
current expectations and beliefs of ZiLOG's management. These forward looking
statements include the statements about the potential market growth of the
microcontroller market for ARM-9 applications and potential shipping dates
could change if we are required to conduct additional testing or other
revisions. These forward looking statements are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
described in the forward-looking statements. For example, an economic slow
down may reduce end demand for ZiLOG ARM product applications or a new
technology may emerge which is more efficient than microcontrollers. ZiLOG
does not expect to, and disclaims any obligation to, update such statements.
ZiLOG, however, reserves the right to update such statements or any portion
thereof at any time for any reason.
For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please
refer to the risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to ZiLOG's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, and any
subsequently filed reports. All documents also are available through the SEC's
Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at
http://www.sec.gov or from ZiLOG's website at www.ZiLOG.com.
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