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Zilog Releases New ZMOTION™ 20-Pin Occupancy Detection MCU With Advanced Embedded Sensing Technology

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 the industrial, telecommunications, automotive and consumer markets, today introduced its latest motion sensing and control technology ideal for occupancy detection applications, including customer sensing, lighting control, and other energy management applications.

Zilog’s ZMOTION MCU features advanced occupancy sensing technology that combines a high-performance MCU with unique embedded software specifically designed for products based on Passive Infrared (PIR) motion detection. Zilog’s ZMOTION Detection and Control Product Family is a series of MCUs with embedded motion detection algorithms that can be combined with a wide selection of lenses and PIR sensors to meet a wide range of applications.

The ZMOTION MCU ships with built-in software-based motion detection algorithms. These motion detection algorithms comprise the PIR engine and run in the background of the MCU, while control and status of the engine is accessed through a software Application Programming Interface (API). These APIs allow users to create their own application specific software while taking advantage of the PIR technology thereby providing a dramatic improvement in both sensitivity and stability over traditional motion detection designs. Zilog’s PIR technology is also scalable to many market segments including lighting control – for which it is especially suited – and to solar-powered, off-grid, motion-activated LED lighting as well as HVAC control based on occupancy, access control (doors and gates), escalators, vending machines, displays, proximity activation, power management, occupancy sensing, and many additional applications.

“Zilog’s 20-pin ZMOTION Occupancy Detection and Control product is paired with a new development kit that makes for quick and easy integration into custom-designed applications. Our new ZMOTION product offers our customers dramatic improvements in both sensitivity and stability over traditional designs. Within the world of IXYS power management semiconductors, this MCU offers digital control solutions that reduce energy consumption in facilities, and it does it based on the occupancy of the room. Furthermore, occupancy sensing is key to the security and safety industry as it applies to factories, commercial sites, automotive applications, and homes. Zilog is well known for the proven history of its rugged cores. Because they are easy to program, we provide a solution with a quick time to market for our customers,” said Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Worldwide Marketing.

The ZMOTION 20-pin microcontroller featuring PIR technology is currently in production and is now available to ship to customers that place orders through Zilog’s representatives and distributors. For more information, visit

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, and

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.

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