Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

October 22, 2009 11:34 ET

Over One Million Network Ports Synchronized by Zarlink's Packet Network Timing Products

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2009) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today announced that over one million networking ports are synchronized by its leading-edge packet network timing solutions. Customers have designed Zarlink's timing products into applications such as wireless backhaul, access and aggregation equipment to support advanced packet network synchronization that meets stringent performance characteristics. With over one million ports deployed, Zarlink's next-generation timing solutions are building a reputation for performance, reliability and quality that is unmatched in the industry.

Zarlink's timing solutions for packet networks seamlessly synchronize voice, video, data and mobile services across wireless and wired infrastructures, with the same quality and service flexibility as conventional circuit-switched telephone networks. The highly integrated solutions help manufacturers reduce bill of material costs, slash power requirements and simplify the design or upgrade of equipment required to deliver the full range of communication services over packet networks.

"Our packet-based timing products solve a key challenge for carriers rolling out new networks that support the full range of communication services," said Louise Gaulin, product line director with Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization products. "Employing industry leading clock recovery and generation mechanisms, our market-proven timing products enable equipment manufacturers to easily meet strict performance standards."

Zarlink offers the industry's most comprehensive timing and synchronization portfolio for packet networks. The company was the first to introduce Synchronous Ethernet, Circuit Emulation Services over Packet (CESoP) and Timing over Packet (IEEE1588) products that deliver the full range of synchronization and clock generation features for packet networks. Zarlink's timing portfolio also includes a broad range of fully featured SONET/SDH, PDH and rate conversion products.

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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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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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