Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

June 22, 2011 09:30 ET

Zarlink Discusses Benefits of Scalable IEEE 1588 Timing Solutions for Wireless Networks at Freescale Technology Forum

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) will be discussing the scalability and performance benefits of Zarlink and Freescale's IEEE 1588 solutions for wireless backhaul applications. The presentation will be given at this week's Freescale Technology Forum – Americas in San Antonio, Texas.

This technology presentation ("IEEE 1588 and SyncE for Synchronization" – Thursday, June 23rd at 10 am, Grand Oaks Ballroom F) will discuss the evolution of packet network synchronization, industry standards and performance, as well as the benefits of using Zarlink's protocol, algorithm and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) devices with Freescale's embedded time stamp capabilities. Zarlink and Freescale have previously announced solutions targeting wireless backhaul applications, including reference designs combining Zarlink's phase locked loop (PLL) expertise with Freescale processor technology. This combined expertise is being showcased at Zarlink's booth in the forum's Technology Lab.

The combination of IEEE 1588 and SyncE technologies is increasingly important to meet strict performance demands required by new wireless technologies, such as Long Term Evolution (LTE). Zarlink's new platform of packet timing products are the industry's first IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE phase locked loop (PLL) devices delivering complete synchronization performance. These products are now sampling with lead customers, with general availability expected in July 2011.

Visit http://www.zarlink.com/timing_PacketNetworks.htm for more on Zarlink's packet timing expertise

Zarlink at Freescale Technology Forum

Zarlink is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of timing and voice over IP solutions for packet networks at the Freescale Technology Forum – Americas Technology Lab, including:

  • IEEE 1588 and SyncE solutions supporting multimedia services over packet networks;
  • Line circuit telephony solutions enabling high-quality, reliable voice services in residential gateway and enterprise equipment.

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.

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.

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