Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

October 15, 2009 09:30 ET

Zarlink's Timing Over Packet Products Successfully Interoperate at ISPCS 2009 "Plug-fest"

Zarlink's Timing over Packet (ToP) devices are interoperable with all equipment manufacturers using the latest IEEE 1588-2008 protocol

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today announced its portfolio of IEEE 1588 Timing over Packet (ToP) products successfully passed comprehensive interoperability testing with a range of equipment manufacturers. Independent testing was completed during "plug-fest" at the 2009 International IEEE Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization (ISPCS) for Measurement, Control and Communication in Brescia, Italy.

Plug-fest is an opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers to demonstrate system-wide clock synchronization and operation of protocols across a wide spectrum of devices and equipment. Zarlink's latest IEEE 1588 ToP devices, which allow timing and synchronization information to be carried directly over packet networks, were tested as part of the ISPCS plug-fest.

"Interoperability performance is a key milestone for both equipment manufacturers and network operators deploying next-generation wireless and wired networks," said Jeremy Lewis, product line manager with Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization product group. "Successful interoperability test results for our IEEE ToP products prove that our solutions comply with the latest standards, and are ready for wide-scale deployments."

Availability and support

Zarlink's ToP devices are currently in volume production. For more information visit the product profiles on Zarlink's website. Complete information on Zarlink's ToP products, including full data sheets and application notes, is available to qualified customers. To learn how to become a qualified customer, contact your local sales representative.

- ZL30310 Combined Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588 Network Synchronization: http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL30110.htm

- ZL30312 Combined Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588 Network Synchronization: http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL30312.htm

- ZL30314 Combined Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588 Network Synchronization: http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL30314.htm

- ZL30316 Combined Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588 Timing over Packet Technology: http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL30316.htm

- ZL30320 Combined Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588 Timing over Packet Technology: http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/82_ZL30320.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.

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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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