Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

June 24, 2010 09:30 ET

Zarlink and CADEKA Collaboration Targets Growing Video Surveillance Market

Zarlink expands traditional telecom expertise into adjacent markets with integrated switching and video amplifier solution for low bandwidth video surveillance and security systems

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) and CADEKA Microcircuits today co-launched a collaborative reference design that simplifies development and decreases power requirements of switching systems used to connect multiple analog video sources with monitoring and recording equipment in security and surveillance systems.

"The video surveillance market represents new growth opportunities for our traditional telecom products, as operators seek high-performance, lower cost solutions to support multi-camera home, commercial and industrial security systems," said David Sng, product marketing manager with Zarlink's Telecom Networking group. "Our new reference design combines our field-proven crosspoint switch products for high-reliability telecom applications with CADEKA's video knowledge. The integrated solution simplifies design, lowers power consumption and reduces board space requirements, enabling operators to deploy economical, scalable multi-camera systems that deliver performance exceeding standard definition video requirements." 

The closed circuit television (CCTV) and video surveillance market is growing due to an increasing worldwide focus on implementing and maintaining sound security measures. According to company research, the global CCTV market is expected to grow by 22 percent annually to reach US$28 billion by 2013. Developing countries represent a significant new market for analog video surveillance applications, in particular residential and multi-tenant dwelling security applications where deployment and operating costs are key concerns. 

Complete design for low-bandwidth video applications

The collaborative reference design (ZLAN-268) meets all application requirements for low bandwidth analog video switching to connect up to 16 video camera feeds with eight output devices, including monitors and recording systems. The reference design is fully supported by the ZLE8816 demonstration kit to help speed customer design time.

The fully buffered 8x16 crosspoint switch matrix reference design utilizes CADEKA's CLC2005 dual channel video amplifier, and Zarlink's MT8816 8x16 analog switch array. Both devices operate from a single 5 volt (V) supply, providing a significant competitive advantage versus many ±5V solutions used today. The CLC2005 buffers the inputs of the MT8816 and provides gain and drive capability for each MT8816 output. Each channel of the CLC2005 can drive three video loads, allowing for increased system capability. The MT8816 offers designers ease-of-use and flexibility by providing eight inputs that can be switched to any of the 16 outputs, or 16 inputs that can be switched to any of the eight outputs.

The new reference design provides video surveillance system designers a low cost solution with performance that exceeds the requirements of standard definition video. For full scale video, the reference design offers -3 decibels (dB) bandwidth of 35 megahertz (MHz), differential gain/phase of 0.16%/0.33°, and signal-to-noise ratio better than 90 dB.

Demo Kit Available Now

The ZLE8816 demonstration kit, available now, allows customers to easily evaluate the reference design. The kit includes an evaluation board, AC adapter to supply power to the board, and software to allow PC controlled channel selection. Both CADEKA and Zarlink provide application notes fully describing the reference design and demo kit usage.

For more information on the ZLAN-268 reference design and ZLE8816 demonstration kit, please visit http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZLE8816.htm.

Editor's Note: For a high resolution photo of the ZLE8816 evaluation board, please visit http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/22649.htm

About Zarlink Semiconductor

Zarlink Semiconductor delivers world-leading, mixed-signal chip technologies for a broad range of communication and medical applications. The company's core capabilities include network timing solutions that manage time-sensitive communication applications over wireless and wired networks, line circuits supporting high-quality voice services over cable and broadband connections, and ultra low-power radios enabling new wireless medical devices and therapies. Serving the world's largest original equipment manufacturers, Zarlink's highly integrated chip solutions help customers simplify design, lower costs and reach market quickly. For more information, visit www.zarlink.com.

About CADEKA

CADEKA Microcircuits LLC is a global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for customers who require cost effective, leading edge performance. The company's expertise and passion is to Amplify the Human Experience™ by providing application specific, solution-based semiconductor products that drive the industry's next generation consumer, communications, industrial, instrumentation, and medical products. For more information about CADEKA, visit www.cadeka.com.

Shareholders and other individuals wishing to receive, free of charge, copies of the reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian Securities Regulatory Authorities, should visit the Company's web site at www.zarlink.com or contact Investor Relations.

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.

Zarlink and the Zarlink Semiconductor logo are trademarks of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. CADEKA and Amplify the Human Experience are trademarks of CADEKA Microcircuits LLC.

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