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Zilog Releases New Mini-ZTM ZPAN Bluetooth Wireless Integrated Module

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 new Mini-Z ZPAN 28-Pin micro Module for smart digital wireless connectivity. This new Bluetooth-based module features a Class 1 Radio which supports distances of over 100 meters.

The Mini-Z ZPAN 28-Pin Module is a stand-alone 802.15 Personal Area Network that is produced in a 28-pin Dual Inline Pin package. The Mini-Z ZPAN 28-Pin Module integrates Zilog’s powerful ZNEO microcontroller with a 2402–2480 MHz RN-41 Personal Area Network Module. Designed for engineers, hobbyists and students to quickly develop products, prototypes, proofs of concept and demonstrations, the Module is designed to be pin-compatible with the Parallax BS2 Series of modules, as well as with Basic Microtechnology’s Basic ATOM Pro 28-M module. This flexibility allows the use of different vendors’ base boards that may already be available in the user’s arsenal.

The Module ships preprogrammed with a boot loader and a control shell that can be accessed through the serial port to allow control of the Module from a terminal program. The hex code can be uploaded through the serial port. The Module is fully compatible with Zilog’s ZDS II tools suite for ZNEO CPU-based applications. Programs can be written in C and Assembly and the hex file can be compiled and uploaded through the serial port to the Module. The USB Smart Cable (included in the Mini-Z ZPAN SSR Kit) can be attached thereby giving the user full control over the ZNEO chip, including interactive debugging sessions.

“The Mini-Z ZPAN 28-Pin Module provides a complete modular package for bringing fast time-to-market solutions that require wireless connectivity. It is designed to work together with other stamp modules and carrier boards, providing a flexible design so it can be used independently in creative application designs, and can be obtained online from our new Zilog Store,” said Steve Darrough, Zilog’s VP of Marketing. “In the World of IXYS, it is a great connectivity feature that allows our worldwide customers to add digital wireless communication seamlessly with IXYS power semiconductors and mixed signal IC solutions for power management, i.e. sensing, monitoring, metering and control. We find it essential in industrial automation, solar panels, power supplies, UPS, commercial facilities, buildings, lighting controls, medical and transportation applications. This wireless module enables a quick connectivity add-on to any of these systems without the need to re-wire.”

Example applications include:

  • Medical devices
  • Motor controls and monitoring
  • Lighting and HVAC control based on occupancy
  • Home and enterprise automation
  • Sensor measurement and monitoring
  • Security systems, occupancy detection, safety and access control
  • Industrial sensors & controls for process automation
  • Asset tracking
  • Monitoring, metering and optimization of solar panels and wind generators.
  • Server power supply monitoring and management.

The Mini-Z ZPAN 28-Pin Module is available by itself and in kit form. Both are currently available and can be ordered from the Zilog Online Store.

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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Zilog, ZNEO, ZPAN and Mini-Z 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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