Zilog and tvCompass Introduce Smart Phone Home Control Solution


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iPhone Solution to Integrate Interactive Program Guide Application and Wireless Remote Control

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Zilog, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZILG), a global provider of innovative embedded control solutions, and tvCompass Inc., a software and services provider for mobile internet devices, introduced today at CES a mobile software solution that enables remote control capability on the Apple iPhone and other popular mobile smart phones.

The joint technology solution features tvCompass's patented network connected Interactive Program Guide and wireless service. The solution also includes Zilog's Crimzon Connects technology that provides customized control of home audio/video products via the company's industry-leading infrared (IR) database and a variety of other home devices such as lights and thermostats that use INSTEON or Z-Wave technology.

"The multi-tasking smart phone consumer will appreciate the utility and convenience of using their mobile devices to browse, navigate and search TV listing content, and tune their TV, set-top box or DVR directly from their program guide conveniently presented on the second screen," said Edward Zylka, CEO, tvCompass Inc. "While the digital home has intelligence everywhere, this is one of the first solutions in the industry to demonstrate interoperability between TV devices, wireless networks, content and services and mobile devices."

"Zilog's Crimzon Connects technology delivers personalized home control capabilities in the palm of your hand for Apple iPhone mobile phone users and other smart phone users," said Michelle Leyden Li, general manager of Zilog's Home Control Business Unit. "Zilog is pleased to collaborate with tvCompass on this cutting-edge technology solution that provides consumers with easy-to-use, personalized home control."

tvCompass mobile smart phone software applications will be become commercially available starting in the second quarter of 2009 with planned support for Apple iPhone mobile phone and iPod touch PDA, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry devices. The mobile client applications will interoperate with the tvCompass click365(SM) wireless content and hosted services network which currently serves a population of WiFi mobile internet devices offered in the home theater and remote accessory market under the ESPN and Audiovox brands.

Crimzon Connects technology from Zilog provides the hardware and software building blocks for embedded system designers and consumer electronics manufacturers to develop solutions that enable total home control via any web-enabled device. This includes an iPhone, iPod touch, PC or PDA using the home's existing wireless network. Crimzon Connects technology is available now, and pricing of the technology is competitive in the market place.

About tvCompass

As a software, content and services company, tvCompass has created an innovative business model built around guidance, navigation and control of digital home entertainment content and equipment via mobile-IP connected second screen devices. The software, services and business model are extensible to tvCompass's WiFi Mobile Internet Device (MID) hardware reference design, proprietary MIDs, mobile smartphones, personal WiFi digital media players, network connected TVs, whole home media appliances, and other wireless consumer devices. Customers for the solution include consumer electronic and home networking companies, cable and satellite providers, telco operators and media brands. For more information about tvCompass and its products, visit http://www.tvCompass.com.

About Zilog, Inc.

Zilog is a global supplier of application specific, embedded system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for secured transactions, consumer electronics and industrial application and an industry leader in remote control and universal IR database solutions. From its roots as an award-winning architect in the microprocessor and microcontroller industry, Zilog has evolved to become a leader in production-ready and custom-built SoC solution sets including hardware and software. Zilog is headquartered in San Jose, California, and employs approximately 400 people around the world with sales offices in Asia, Europe, and North America. For more information about Zilog and its products, visit http://www.zilog.com/.