Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

July 08, 2010 09:30 ET

Zarlink Introduces Industry's Only Integrated Single-Chip Synchronization Solutions for Optical Transport Networks

- ClockCenter any rate, any port, all the time products solve optical transport network (OTN) timing challenges and deliver cost advantages for manufacturers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX:ZL) today introduced two new single-chip ClockCenter universal clock translator products that simplify design, lower power consumption and reduce bill of material costs of multiservice platforms targeting OTN expansion.

OTN is a next-generation, industry-standard protocol that provides an efficient way to deliver the full range of communication services over a single optical network. Lead customers, including Ciena Corporation and Tejas Networks, have designed Zarlink's ClockCenter technology into new equipment delivering video, data and multimedia applications to subscribers. 

"Our ClockCenter products solve the complex timing challenges associated with delivering multiple communication services over optical networks, while providing significant design advantages for equipment manufacturers," said Louise Gaulin, Product Line Director of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization product group. "ClockCenter are the only single-chip, multi-channel timing products available today that accept and generate all frequencies required to support the full range of services over OTN. In comparison, competing products offer limited frequency support, forcing equipment manufacturers to rely on multiple devices to achieve the same flexibility supported by our single-chip ClockCenter products."

Expanded ClockCenter Platform

Zarlink's ClockCenter universal clock translator products are highly integrated, programmable solutions that provide translation from any input frequency to any output clock frequency with jitter performance that can directly drive 10G PHY devices. The devices synchronize "any rate, any port, all the time", meaning a single-chip ClockCenter solution accepts and generates any frequency (1 kHz to 720 MHz) required to support all different traffic types over a single high-speed optical or Ethernet connection.

The ZL30155 Dual Channel Universal Clock Translator provides full duplex timing and integrates two independent narrowband digital phase locked loops (DPLLs) to support any rate to any rate frequency translation between four input references and up to 12 programmable output clocks. Two high performance synthesizers provide independent output clock programmability on a per-port basis, which is critical in OTN applications where systems need to be able to support multiple types of traffic and requirements may change dynamically.

The ZL30160 Four Channel Universal Clock Translator accepts up to four, single-ended or differential input references of any frequency between 1 kHz and 720 MHz and generates up to 20 programmable output clocks. Narrowband DPLLs enable the device to accept low frequency input references and provide improved filtering for up to four independent timing paths. The ZL30160 device can also perform hitless reference switching. This capability, combined with the integration of multiple PLLs, any rate frequency translation and jitter filtering makes the device an ideal single-chip solution for high-speed timing applications.

Multi-Channel ClockCenter Products Available Now

Zarlink's ClockCenter dual-channel and quad-channel synchronous clock translator products are now available. For information, visit the product profiles.  

Full product information, including complete data sheets and application notes, is available to registered MyZarlink customers. To register for a MyZarlink account, visit http://www.zarlink.com/zarlink/hs/login.htm. To learn more about Zarlink's ClockCenter Platform, go to http://www.zarlink.com/timing_ClockCenter.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 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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