Zarlink Expands Market-Proven ZLynx Portfolio with Industry's First Optical Cable Assembly with Integrated QSFP Terminations

    - QSFP-to-QSFP cables target InfiniBand dual data rate (DDR) and 10 GbE
      applications, with clear technology path towards quad data rate (QDR)
    - Demonstrating expanded active optical cable assembly portfolio at SC07

    OTTAWA, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE/TSX:ZL)
will be demonstrating its expanded ZLynx active optical cable portfolio,
including cable assembly devices with integrated quad small form-factor
pluggable (QSFP) terminations, at this week's SC07 show.
    ZLynx products will be demonstrated with AMD (booth#757), Mellanox
(booth#127), Myricom (booth#1729), QLogic (booth#261), Woven Systems
(booth#2733). Zarlink's optical cable assembly products will also be part of
OpenFabric Alliance's conference-wide InfiniBand and low-latency Ethernet
fabric connection to the SCinet network.
    "Zarlink's expanded ZLynx product family now includes optical cable
assemblies with traditional CX4 connectors as well as cables with integrated
QSFP-to-QSFP terminations," said Dr. Marco Ghisoni, ZLynx product manager,
Zarlink Optical Solutions. "Our new ZLynx cables combine market-proven optical
cable assembly and QSFP expertise for today's InfiniBand DDR and XAUI 10 GigE
applications, while supporting a clear technology path to meet future
InfiniBand QDR requirements."
    ZLynx products provide installers and operators with unmatched reach,
weight and flexibility advantages versus multi-strand copper cable assemblies.
Zarlink's CX4 terminated solutions were the industry's first optical cables to
be tested and accepted by the Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA) as being
compliant with the InfiniBand architecture specification.
    ZLynx cable assemblies are capable of aggregated 20 Gbps transmission in
both directions by combining four ultra-high capacity (5 Gbps/channel),
independent fiber transmit and receive channels into a single connector.
Standard CX4 terminated ZLynx optical cables allow ease-of-use with most
equipment chassis, meaning performance advantages can be realized without any
server, system or network hardware upgrades. The QSFP terminated ZLynx cable
solution offers the end-user further improvements in signal integrity
    "The AMD Opteron processor has long been a processor of choice in the
High Performance Computing market, in large part due to its extreme
scalability," said David Rich, Director of Marketing, HPC at AMD and President
of the HyperTransport Consortium. "AMD sees customer value in an innovative
active optical cable solution, like Zarlink's ZLynx products, to build
scalable, large node-count clusters while helping reduce the total HPC
solution cost in infrastructure, power and significantly improving cable
    "The growing demand for high bandwidth, low-latency HPC solutions is
driving the need for 40 Gbps InfiniBand," said Thad Omura, Vice President of
Product Marketing for Mellanox Technologies. "The demonstration of Mellanox
ConnectX IB HCAs and Zarlink's ZLynx QSFP optical cable product showcases the
evolution of the InfiniBand ecosystem towards QDR technology."
    "Myricom has been using Zarlink quad-fiber transceivers in our products
since 2004, and has been very pleased with their performance and reliability,"
said Dr. Chuck Seitz, Myricom founder and CEO. "We expect Zarlink's
cost-effective QSFP-terminated fiber cables to become popular both for 10
Gigabit Ethernet applications and for HPC clusters; thus, we are augmenting
our product line with QSFP versions of Myri-10G NICs and switches."
    "Zarlink has been a valuable partner in QLogic's HPCtrack alliance
program and we're pleased to demonstrate ZLynx active optical cables
complementing our newly introduced high-performance InfiniBand DDR adapter
family at SC07," said Lloyd Dickman, Chief Technology Officer for InfiniBand
Products, QLogic Computer Systems Group. "The ZLynx family of optical cables
with CX4 and QSFP terminations are essential in bridging current-generation
InfiniBand solutions to new denser physical layer form-factors like QSFP."

    ZLynx at SCinet

    ZLynx cables will be included in the OpenFabric Alliance conference-wide
InfiniBand and low-latency Ethernet fabrics. ZLynx cables will provide
infrastructure InfiniBand links in the SCinet core InfiniBand network. SCinet
is a very high-performance production quality and experimental network used to
demonstrate products supporting supercomputing and grid computing

    Availability and roadmap

    Zarlink's ZLynx cables with industry-standard CX4 connectors are now
shipping in volume exclusively to lead customers, with general availability
planned for early 2008. ZLynx cables with QSFP-to-QSFP terminations supporting
InfiniBand DDR and XAUI 10 GigE are now available for sampling, with volume
production planned for next year. For more on Zarlink's optical solutions,

    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 successfully integrate
businesses acquired in the future; our ability to operate profitably and
generate positive cash flows in the future; our dependence on our foundry
suppliers and third-party subcontractors; order cancellations and deferrals by
our customers; and other factors referenced in our Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Investors are encouraged to consider the risks detailed in this filing.

    Zarlink and the Zarlink Semiconductor logo are trademarks of Zarlink
    Semiconductor Inc.

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For further information: Ed Goffin, Media Relations, (613) 270-7112,; Mike McGinn, Investor Relations, (613) 270-7210,

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