Zilog was founded by Federico Faggin in 1974. The company has its headquarters in San Jose, California. Zilog is a leading manufacturer of 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers. Zilog was bought by IXYS Corporation in December 2009 for 62.4 million. IXYS is headquartered in Milpitas, CA and Biel, Switzerland. IXYS has a reputation as a premier power semiconductor manufacturer. The company offers products such a microcontrollers for embedded security, motion detection, for motor control and for peripherals. The company is most famous for its Intel 8080- compatible Z80 serious.