Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

February 03, 2010 09:30 ET

Zarlink and Freescale Target Wireless Network Upgrades to Support High Bandwidth Smartphone Services

New reference design integrates Zarlink's Timing over Packet (ToP) products and industry-leading processors from Freescale to support wireless network upgrade instigated by smartphone bandwidth-boom

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today introduced a reference design with Freescale Semiconductor that simplifies and speeds the development of new equipment for wireless service providers evolving their networks to support bandwidth-intense smartphone applications.

"There is ramping demand for our Timing over Packet products and software, as carriers migrate to packet networks to efficiently and cost-effectively support new high-bandwidth smartphone applications," said Louise Gaulin, Product Line Director of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization products. "The ZLE30320 reference design combines Zarlink's IEEE 1588 Timing over Packet products with industry-leading communications processors from Freescale Semiconductor to provide a complete synchronization solution for packet network equipment. With our technology, wireless operators can deploy packet networks to efficiently deliver new revenue-generating, data-intense smartphone applications and maintain service quality for traditional voice services." 

 Wireless networks face tremendous capacity pressure as consumers increasingly use smartphones to send and watch video, browse the web, and connect over social media. Most notably, traditional backhaul methods that rely on low data rate leased lines to move traffic from cellular base stations to the network backbone are both expensive to operate and overwhelmed by new bandwidth-hungry communication services.

Today, operators are aggressively migrating to higher bandwidth, lower cost packet infrastructures to backhaul traffic across their networks. Where traditional networks are architected to provide synchronization, packet networks must incorporate next-generation timing techniques, such as Zarlink's IEEE 1588 Timing over Packet (ToP) products, to ensure network synchronization. Zarlink's ToP products are being used by major equipment suppliers who represent more than 50 percent of the Ethernet wireless backhaul market.

"Zarlink's comprehensive reference design helps customers speed new equipment design for a rapidly growing market," said Nikolay Guenov, Growth Segments Marketing Manager for Freescale's Network Processor Division. "Combining our feature-rich MPC8313 PowerQUICC® processor with Zarlink's leading timing and synchronization expertise provides a low cost solution for high performance IEEE 1588 applications."

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The ZLE30320 reference design integrates the high performance clock recovery algorithm of Zarlink's ToP products with the versatile Freescale MPC8313 PowerQUICC processor. For more information visit

The ZLE30320 reference design integrates the high performance clock recovery algorithm of Zarlink's ToP products with the versatile Freescale MPC8313 PowerQUICC processor. For more information visit

The reference design is available to Zarlink qualified customers. To learn how to become a qualified customer, contact your local Zarlink sale representative (

A high resolution photo of the ZLE30320 reference design is available at

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

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