Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

February 19, 2009 09:31 ET

Zarlink Synchronous Ethernet Solutions Help Carriers Lower Costs and Drive Revenue

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (TSX:ZL) today expanded its market-leading Synchronous Ethernet portfolio with new highly integrated single-chip solutions that allow manufacturers to easily upgrade or design networking equipment to support Synchronous Ethernet.

Zarlink's Synchronous Ethernet solutions allow carriers to lower operating costs and increase revenue by ensuring accurate end-to-end transmission of voice, video, data and mobile applications and services over IP-based wired and wireless networks. Zarlink is the only supplier with fully integrated, standards-compliant solutions supporting very low jitter clocks for 1 GbE and 10 GbE systems, allowing manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively upgrade line cards to fully support Synchronous Ethernet.

"As carriers aggressively migrate to lower cost packet networks, there is a growing demand for new timing technologies that preserve performance and quality for end-users," said Jeremy Lewis, product line manager with Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization group. "Zarlink is a leading provider of timing solutions for equipment manufacturers worldwide. Our new Synchronous Ethernet technology delivers critical end-to-end network timing performance, with easy-to-adopt, standards-compliant solutions that help our customers reduce costs and quickly deliver products to market."

The company's Synchronous Ethernet solutions have been widely tested by carriers, designed-in by equipment manufacturers and demonstrated in reference designs with leading PHY vendors. Zarlink's new timing card and line card solutions are now shipping in volume and have already been designed into access, wireless, router and metro Ethernet applications.

Comprehensive, standards-compliant Synchronous Ethernet portfolio
Zarlink's portfolio of Synchronous Ethernet solutions delivers performance that meets standards with an unparalleled level of integration to help lower design costs and speed time-to-market.

Zarlink is the only supplier offering single-chip Synchronous Ethernet solutions in full compliance with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) Recommendation G.8262, while supporting very low jitter clocks for both 1 GbE and 10 GbE PHYs. Full compliance with this recommendation is essential for service providers as they plan the synchronization of packet networks. Zarlink is helping guide the development of standards governing Synchronous Ethernet timing requirements, including editing the ITU-T Recommendation G.8262.

The new ZL™30143 and ZL30142 Synchronous Ethernet devices integrate analog and digital phase locked loops (APLL/DPLL) for central timing card applications in carrier-grade networking equipment. The ZL30143 timing card device provides two independent DPLLs for applications that require independent transmit and receive timing paths, while the ZL30142 device uses a single DPLL for clock and/or frame pulse synchronization. Delivering high performance at a considerably lower cost versus the competition, the devices require only an inexpensive temperature controlled crystal oscillator (TCXO) to achieve full compliance with ITU-T Recommendation G.8262.

Zarlink's expanded Synchronous Ethernet portfolio also includes two new devices for line card applications. The ZL30146 chip incorporates two independently configurable DPLLs for PDH/SONET/SDH and Ethernet network interface cards requiring both transmit and receive paths. The ZL30145 provides one DPLL for clock synchronization, and delivers rate conversion and jitter attenuation compliant performance for Synchronous Ethernet, SDH and SONET equipment. The devices require only off-the-shelf, low-cost 20 MHz oscillators or even a crystal, where competing devices require an expensive high precision clock or high frequency rate oscillator.

Availability and support

Zarlink's new Synchronous Ethernet timing chips are in volume production; visit the product profiles for more information. Complete information on Zarlink's Synchronous Ethernet timing devices, including full data sheets and application notes, is available to qualified customers. To learn how to become a qualified customer, please contact your local sales representative.

ZL30143 SyncE SONET/SDH G.8262/Stratum3 System Synchronizer/SETS

ZL30142 SyncE SONET/SDH G.8262/Stratum 3 System Synchronizer

ZL30146 SyncE SONET/SDH Line Card PLL

ZL30145 SyncE (10 GbE) SONET/SDH Rate Conversion and Jitter Attenuator PLL

For more information on Zarlink's portfolio of Timing and Synchronization 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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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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