Zilog, an IXYS Company, introduces High Temperature Masked ROM Z86C08 MCUs which are suitable for applications that require a general-purpose MCU to operate at sustained elevated temperatures. Unlike some Flash-based MCUs that are guaranteed to operate at 150°C for only 40 to 310 days, the High Temperature Z86C08 MCU can operate at a temperature of 150°C for many years without experiencing program memory data retention issues. Such applications can include under-the-hood automotive applications, deep drilling, aircraft propulsion systems, HVAC applications, high-power motor/generator systems, industrial, instrumentation, and distributed control applications (e.g., natural resources exploration & production), as well as military applications.
For applications demanding powerful I/O capabilities, Zilog's Z86C08 MCU's dedicated input and output lines are grouped into three ports, and are configurable under software control to provide timing, status signals, or parallel I/O. Two on-chip counter/timers, with a large number of user-selectable modes, offload the system of administering real-time tasks such as counting/timing and I/O data communications.