Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

July 14, 2011 09:30 ET

Zarlink Accelerates Customer Design Time With Programmable Service for ClockCenter Products

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2011) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today introduced a new service that allows equipment designers to customize the Company's recently released ClockCenter free-run clocking products to meet specific application requirements. With this new level of customization, Zarlink's customers can simplify and accelerate design to speed time-to-market for new equipment.

Zarlink's One Time Programmable service allows customers to optimize ClockCenter free-run products to meet their unique requirements for high-speed telecom and datacom equipment. Depending on the application requirements, customers can choose up to 20 clock outputs, select the output clock type and specify pre-programmed default clock rates from 1 kHz to 750 MHz. Sample products ordered using the One Time Programmable service are available within five business days.

"By combining the unmatched flexibility of our ClockCenter free-run products with customization capabilities, we are providing our customers with timing products that meet their exact configuration requirements," said Louise Gaulin, vice president of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization product group. "This level of flexibility and programmability means that, when simply powered up, our ClockCenter free-run products can clock processors, memory and PHY chips, FPGAs and backplane interfaces across multiple end-applications. Competing devices can't match the flexibility of our ClockCenter devices, and may require complex system configuration to meet clocking demands for various applications."

Accelerating equipment design

Zarlink's One Time Programmable service is initially available for the recently released ClockCenter ZL30230 four channel universal clock generator and ZL30236 dual channel universal clock generator products. To access the One Time Programmable service, please contact your local sales representative or visit

For information on Zarlink's ClockCenter free-run clocking products, visit:

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

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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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