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ZiLOG Takes Aggressive Stand in Meeting Customer Requirements for Lead Free Products

Submitted by: ZiLOG, Inc.

Categories: Environment

Posted: Oct 01, 2003 – 12:00 AM EST


Environmentally-Conscious Microcontrollers Comply with European Community Waste Regulations

Oct. 01 /CSRwire/ - SAN JOSE, CA - ZiLOG, Inc. (OTCBB:ZILG), the creator of the Z80 microprocessor and a leading innovator of integrated 8-bit microcontroller solutions, announced today that lead-free versions of its microcontrollers are now available. ZiLOG is responding to requests from its European Community customers for products that adhere to Wastes from Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives. These new regulations, which effectively require manufacturers to take responsibility for recycling end-of-life products, state that the use of lead and other hazardous substances must be regulated by July 1, 2006.

"Our lead free initiative aligns with ZiLOG's commitment to customer satisfaction and dedication to pursuing measures that foster a clean environment," said Mike Burger, president of ZiLOG. "Currently, it is primarily our customers in Europe and Japan that are advocating for lead-free products, but these European directives are bound to impact the global marketplace and we want to be ready for that."

ZiLOG uses 100 percent pure matte tin (Tn) plating on its lead free products. The devices are rated for peak temperatures of up to 255(degrees)C (compared to 240(degrees)C for standard products) and use mold compounds that are Br/Sb/PBB/PBDE-free. The new packages meet the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020.

The parts will be identified with a unique ZiLOG PSI part number that includes a "G" (for Green), to indicate environmentally friendly packages. The devices offer standard lead times. Customers may request a lead free version of any currently shipping ZiLOG device by contacting any of ZiLOG's worldwide sales offices.

About ZiLOG, Inc.

ZiLOG, Inc. (OTCBB:ZILG) is world renowned for its Z8 and Z80 8-bit microcontroller architectures. ZiLOG has shipped over 1.4BN units of its core microcontroller products across the world since their introduction. ZiLOG continues to innovate across these award-winning architectures and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of integrated microcontroller solutions for embedded control markets, including consumer, commercial and industrial control markets. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., ZiLOG employs approximately 700 people worldwide and hassales offices throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information about ZiLOG and its award winning products such as the eZ80Acclaim! and the Z8Encore!(R) Flash microcontroller families, visit the company's Web site at:

For more information, please contact:

Diana Vincent ZiLOG, Inc.
Phone: 408-558-8428


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