Zilog Announces New DMX512-A Receiver and Controller Reference Design Using the Z51F0811 and Z51F3220 MCUs for LED Lighting and Sound Controls

Milpitas, CA. and Leiden, Netherlands. June 9, 2015 – Zilog, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and a pioneer supplier of microcontrollers (MCUs) providing solutions for the industrial, telecommunication, automotive and consumer markets, today announced the release of Zilog’s new DMX Reference Design Kit which includes a DMX512-A Receiver with our Z51F0811 MCU and a DMX512-A Controller using our Z51F3220 MCU.

The receiver functions mainly as a light controller and, alternately, as a sound generator. As a lighting device, the receiver obtains data from the DMX controller that manages the display of four high-bright LEDs using the Z51F0811 MCU’s PWM function. As a sound generator, the receiver activates a speaker that is connected to the Z51F0811 MCU’s buzzer driver. The UART peripheral of the Z51F0811 MCU is used to connect the DMX512-A receiver to the DMX512-A controller. The source code file associated with this reference design, RD0015-SC01.zip, is available free from the Zilog website. This source code has been compiled using the Keil uVision4 development tool, which is available from Keil.

Using Zilog’s DMX512-A controller with Zilog’s Z51F3220 MCU provides an understanding of the DMX512-A protocol, including its theory of operation. This reference design operates in one of three modes:

Key Features

This reference design features the following elements:

Potential Applications

This reference design can be used to develop a variety of lighting applications; examples include:

Zilog’s DMX Reference Design Kit is now available for customers that place orders through the Zilog Store. For more information, visit www.zilog.com.

About Zilog, an IXYS Company

Zilog 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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