May 24, 2024

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Announcing the end of life for the Z80 CPU and peripherals

Announcing the end of life for the Z80 CPU and peripherals

In a Product Change Notice (PCN) published on April 15, Zilog (now owned by Littelfuse) Announce End of life for a range of Z80 products, specifically almost all Z80 products Z84C00 ranges. This also includes peripherals, such as the Z84C10 range of MPUs. This is currently Already marked Such as EoL at stores like Mouser, with Littelfuse noting that last orders can be placed with them until June 14, 2024. After that, you'll have to try your luck with shady sellers on EBay and find a lucky box of new old stock in the back of the warehouse.

What this actually means is that after less than 48 years since its launch in 1976, the Zilog Z80 will no longer be available for sale as separate components, which is likely to primarily affect hobbyists and people trying to keep older systems going. This doesn't mean this is the end of the road for the Z80, as is the case with eZ80 It will be produced in the foreseeable future.

Of course it won't be easy to drop these new chips into DIPs, which makes the challenge of fitting a breadboard to your Z80-based microcomputer even more difficult. However, one thing that definitely won't happen is that any of us witness the end of the era of the Z80, 6502 and 8051 architectures.

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