Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

June 29, 2011 09:15 ET

Zarlink First to Deliver IEEE 1588 Enabled Synchronous Ethernet Timing Devices

Zarlink expands timing portfolio with complete IEEE 1588/Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) phase locked loop (PLL) solutions supporting carrier migration to next-generation wireless networks

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today introduced new single-chip timing products capable of delivering the complete synchronization solution required by new wireless technologies, such as Long Term Evolution (LTE).

"Our new timing products are the industry's first single-chip IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE PLL devices," said Louise Gaulin, vice president of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization product group. "Our complete approach provides carriers with well established synchronization from SyncE, together with time alignment provided by IEEE 1588. This approach is critically important for wireless operators as they plan a cost-effective migration to packet-based backhaul to support the huge increase in multimedia traffic generated by smartphones and tablets. These new solutions are a key addition to our product portfolio, and are winning designs with customers that will help drive continuing revenue growth for our timing business."

According to Cisco System's recently issued Visual Networking Index forecast, there will be more than 15 billion network connected devices by 2015. Carriers are now strategically investing in packet networks to connect cell sites and the network backbone to help lower operating expenses and meet bandwidth demands of new multimedia traffic created by mobile Internet devices. Zarlink's packet timing products are designed into wireless base stations, radio network controllers, DSLAM, PON, aggregation and transmission equipment, and routers to ensure network synchronization for multimedia applications now being delivered over packet networks.

Wireless network operators can use both SyncE and IEEE 1588 technologies simultaneously to meet strict performance requirements in 3G and 4G networks. In these applications, SyncE delivers highly accurate and stable frequency references using the physical Ethernet connections. In combination with this, IEEE 1588 distributes time of day and time alignment functionality.

Zarlink's new ZL30342, ZL30343 and ZL30347 IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE devices deliver the required synchronization in a small form factor package. In comparison, competing approaches require external components to generate a reliable frequency reference or rely on expensive GPS systems to provide time of day information.

Key performance features for this new family of products include:

  • Single-chip low bandwidth PLLs with very low jitter synthesizers

  • Enables seamless migration path from SyncE to 1588 enabled SyncE

  • Scalable solutions that support external time stamping functionality

Availability

Zarink's IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE devices are now in full production. For production information visit:

For more on Zarlink's packet timing expertise, visit http://www.zarlink.com/timing_PacketNetworks.htm

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 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.

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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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