Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

June 29, 2009 09:30 ET

Albis Technologies Ltd. Meets Service Provider Performance Requirements Using Zarlink CESoP Solution

Enhanced access platform helps wired and wireless service providers reduce costs and expand revenue opportunities by migrating to packet networks

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2009) - Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (TSX:ZL) today announced that Albis Technologies is deploying Zarlink's ZL50111 Circuit Emulation Services-over-Packet (CESoP) processor in its market-proven Universal Line equipment Access Family (ULAF+) access platform to meet MEF 18 certification requirements.

Service providers are increasingly demanding compliance with MEF certifications as they seek new solutions to more efficiently deliver voice, video, data and multimedia applications over converged packet networks. In particular, MEF 18 provides a clear migration path for service providers evolving from a legacy TDM infrastructure to a more flexible and cost-effective Carrier Ethernet network.

"We chose Zarlink's CESoP processor because it is an easy-to-implement product that simplifies design and delivers the critical TDM-over-packet and timing performance required to ensure MEF 18 certification compliance," said Alex Ferro, Corporate Business Development with Albis Technologies. "This enhancement to our ULAF+ access platform allows service providers to easily and cost-effectively deliver traditional voice and data services alongside emerging multimedia applications over a single Carrier Ethernet or Metro Ethernet network."

Albis Technologies' ULAF+ access platform helps service providers reduce costs and expand revenue opportunities, without requiring a significant equipment upgrade. For example, the platform allows wireless network operators to replace multiple leased lines traditionally used to backhaul voice traffic between cell sites and mobile switching centers with a single Ethernet connection supporting the full range of communication services. The new packet-based infrastructure lowers operating costs and provides the flexibility required to handle bandwidth-intense multimedia applications enabled by new mobile devices.

"Service providers rolling out packet networks to better support higher-bandwidth multimedia applications must ensure traditional services are delivered with the reliability and quality expected by end-users," said Louise Gaulin, Product Line Director of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization group. "Our ZL50111 processor enables seamless delivery of delay-sensitive TDM traffic over packet networks to help network equipment manufacturers meet MEF 18 synchronization requirements."

Zarlink is the leading supplier of CESoP silicon devices to equipment manufacturers worldwide. Zarlink's CESoP solutions have been deployed in microwave systems, Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) applications, and gateway products. For details on the ZL50111 CESoP processor see http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL50111.htm and for more on CESoP visit http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/cesop.htm.

About Zarlink Semiconductor

For over 30 years, Zarlink Semiconductor has delivered semiconductor solutions that drive the capabilities of voice, enterprise, broadband and wireless communications. The Company's success is built on its technology strengths including voice and data networks, optoelectronics and ultra low-power communications. For more information, visit www.zarlink.com.

About Albis Technologies

Albis Technologies is a globally active technology company which develops and markets innovative electronic systems. For many years, demanding clients from the telecommunications, industrial, logistics, security, power supply, and medical sectors have put their trust in the expertise of its 180 highly qualified employees. Albis Technologies, which was established through a management buyout from Siemens Switzerland, continues its successful business strategy. For more information, visit www.albistechnologies.com/ulaf.

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Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, among others, the following: our dependence on the successful development and market introduction of new products; our ability to integrate any business, technologies, product lines or services that we have or will acquire; our dependence on revenue generation from our legacy products in order to fund development of our new products; current market conditions, including the lack of liquidity in the markets and economic slowdown, may increase our operating costs or reduce our revenue, thereby negatively impacting our operating results; our ability to operate profitably and generate positive cash flows in the future; the impact of the current economic crisis on our suppliers and customers and our ability to transfer parts to other suppliers; our dependence on our foundry suppliers and third-party subcontractors; order cancellations and deferrals by our customers; our substantial indebtedness could adversely affect our financial position; the cost and accounting implications of compliance with new accounting standards; and other factors referenced in our Annual Report on Form 20-F. Investors are encouraged to consider the risks detailed in this filing.

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