Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

February 20, 2008 09:30 ET

Zarlink First to Support Volume Production of Active Optical Cables With More Than 10,000 Units Shipped to-Date

- Demonstrating "plug-and-play" ZL™60615 ZLynx active optical cables at OFC 2008 (February 26-28, San Diego Convention Center, booth #2742)

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (TSX:ZL)(NYSE:ZL) today announced that it is the first vendor to support volume production of active optical cables for data center and computer cluster interconnect applications. To-date, Zarlink has shipped over 10,000 cables to a range of select customers, including major data center operators as well as InfiniBand and Ethernet switch vendors and system integrators. The ZL60615 ZLynx cable was released to general availability in Q4, CY2007.

At OFC 2008, Zarlink (booth#2742) will be demonstrating the versatile "plug-and-play" capability of its ZL60615 ZLynx cable by using the device to interconnect InfiniBand and Ethernet switches and servers from a number of vendors, including Fulcrum Microsystems, Fujitsu, QLogic, Mellanox Technologies, Myricom and Voltaire, housed in Panduit rack system.

"Zarlink's unique ability to deliver ZLynx cables to meet volume demands positions us as a leader in the growing optical interconnect market," said Dr. Marco Ghisoni, product manager, Zarlink Optical Solutions. "As data center operators and installers consider optical interconnect products, Zarlink's track record of deployments over the past 12 months is market confirmation for our leading technology. ZLynx cables deliver significant weight, flexibility and reach advantages to improve airflow, eliminate layout concerns and reduce installation time and costs versus copper-based solutions."

The ZL60615 ZLynx product is a fully integrated electrical-optical-electrical cable assembly designed for direct connection with industry-standard 4-wide I/O electrical high-speed powered CX-4 and InfiniBand ports. The device is capable of aggregated 20 Gbps transmission in both directions at distances up to 100 meters by combining four ultra-high capacity (5 Gbps/channel) independent fiber transmit and receive channels into a single connector. The ZLynx cable is included in the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) Integrator's List of commercially available products that meet InfiniBand compliance and interoperability requirements.

Availability and roadmap

The ZL60615 ZLynx cable with industry-standard CX-4 connectors is in full production and available in a variety of cable lengths. For more on the ZL60615 ZLynx active optical cable, visit

Zarlink is now sampling ZLynx cables with QSFP-to-QSFP terminations supporting InfiniBand DDR and XAUI 10 GigE. Volume production is planned for later this year. For more on Zarlink's optical solutions, visit:

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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