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ZF Micro Devices Superior Web-enabled Product Support Helps Speed Up Time-To-Market
New Download Library: www.zfmicro.com/downloadtable.html

Palo Alto, CA, April 10, 2001

ZF Micro Devices, Inc, has today announced a new Download Library page on its web site. This new resource provides immediate and vital product data including software development tools and reference designs, allowing customers to minimize development time and concentrate on getting their product to market in record breaking time. “By providing customers with this rich technical data, we give them a tremendous head start on being first to market”, said David Feldman, President and CEO of ZF Micro Devices.

Instant access to these materials saves time, money and months of design headaches, all of which helps accelerate customer time-to-profit. Among the easily accessible documentation are data sheets, product comparisons, technical manuals, software release notes and errata, MachZ BIOS files, reference designs and reference design cells, ZFx86 interfaces, software tools for development and testing, and software contributed by ZF customers.

About the ZFx86 PC-on-a-Chip The ZFx86 PC-on-a-Chip measures only 35mm by 35mm and is bundled with a software suite that includes a fully implemented PhoenixBIOS™ from Phoenix Technology and a choice of a customized Linux implementation or the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS). Every ZFx86 Integrated Development System includes Red Hat Linux 6.2 and LynuxWorks BlueCat™ Linux and the LynuxWorks™ development tools for creating compact custom Linux embedded applications. Including the software with the chip means OEMs no longer have to pay costly license fees or go through the expensive and time-consuming requirement of porting third party software and searching for unique peripheral drivers.

The ZFx86, with the FailSafe™ System is the only X86 PC-on-a-Chip that boots autonomously on application of power and can operate even if system DRAM and Flash are unavailable. The groundbreaking crash-immune PC-on-a-Chip is the only device available that ensures successful on-line software upgrades. The patented FailSafe™ System allows upgrades over the Internet, while eliminating the possibility of irrecoverable crashes and using its proprietary Z-tag™ interface, the ZFx86 can re-program system Flash at a quick 2M-bits per second, rather than the usual 19.6Kbaud, reducing potential downtime dramatically.

The ZFx86 was designed from the ground up to resolve the issues necessary to create crash-immune PC compatible embedded applications and offers the lowest total PC system cost in the embedded market. The ZFx86 is targeted to be a key enabling technology embedded applications by providing PC system functionality at a chip-level size and price and is available from distributor stock on a world wide basis at around $60 in low volume. Visit www.zfmicro.com for details of local distributors.

About ZF Micro Devices
ZF Micro Devices has pioneered FailSafe systems in embedded applications since its founding as ZF MicroSystems in 1995. Its products are the most highly integrated, PC-compatible control systems in the industry.

ZF Micro Devices Corporate Headquarters: 1052 Elwell Court, Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA —Toll Free: 1.800.683.5943 —Direct: 650.965.3800 — Fax: 650-965-4050 — E-mail: info@zfmicro.com— Web: www.zfmicro.com | European Headquarters: 30 Rue du Morvan, Silic 558, 94643 Rungis, C╦dex, France — Tel: 33.(O)141.80.0410 | Fax: 33.(0)141.80.0411 | South American Sales Office: Prometeo 3036, Buenas Aires, Argentina — Tel/Fax: +54.1.544.4033