Zilog - Amongst the Best that Delivers Application-specific Embedded System-on-chip Solutions


Zilog Inc

How Zilog Established :

Zilog is a publicly-traded American semiconductor company founded in 1974 and headquartered in San, Jose California. The company specializes in 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers but is also famous for creating the Intel 8080-compatible Z80 series. Frederico Faggin, who incorporated the company in 1974, originally worked at Intel, where he worked on the 4004 and 8080 microprocessors. In 1980, Exxon acquired the company and Zilog subsequently became its subsidiary. A decade after, in 1991, the company went public, and was acquired by Texas Pacific Group in 1998. Zilog faced some tough times in the years to come, since the Internet bubble burst in 200 forced the company to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy by 2001 and focus its business back to 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers. The company reported annual revenue of $82 million in 2007, but it has since dropped to $67.2 million in 2008 and $36.2 million in 2009. By 2008, the company suffered a decrease of $18.39 million in operating income. It currently still employs 35,000 employees.

Products that Zilog is known for is the Z80, which is an improved version of the Intel 8080 architecture. It is one of the most popular 8-bit processors in use for microcomputers today. Nintendo Game Boy, the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC home computers have all used this technology. Zilog has introduced products for all of the following categories: microprocessors, microcontrollers, communication controllers, motion detection, digital signal processors, TV controllers, line 21 decoders, single board computers.


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