Zarlink Semiconductor

For over 30 years, Zarlink has delivered semiconductor solutions that drive the capabilities of voice, enterprise, broadband and wireless communications. Zarlink employs approximately 700 people globally. Customers include Cisco, Samsung, Nokia, Fujitsu, Siemens, Huawei, LG, Marconi, Alcatel, NEC, Infineon, Panasonic and Cochlear.

Business Focus

Network Communications: Carriers and service providers are transitioning from a circuit-switched to a packet-based infrastructure. Zarlink’s expertise in timing and synchronization, packet processing, TDM (time-division multiplex) switching, and voice processing helps navigate the complexities of converging networks.

Ultra Low-Power Communications: Zarlink is a leading supplier of customized ICs, digital signal processors and RF chips for cardiac pacemakers and hearing aids. Our new ultra low-power RF (radio frequency) platform is driving a range of advanced healthcare products, including the world’s only swallowable camera capsule, as well as battery-powered, wireless communications devices.

Optical Communications: Zarlink develops innovative optical solutions for high-bandwidth interconnect, industrial, security, military and avionics markets. The company’s highly integrated, standards-based and custom optical products are known for their reliability and flexibility.

Research and Development
Zarlink holds a strong portfolio of intellectual property, numbering about 2,100 patents and pending applications in key technologies such as voice and packet processing, optical, RF, and digital design. In Fiscal 2006, R&D spending was US$37.5 million, or 26% of revenue.

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