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zarlink

For over 30 years, Zarlink has delivered semiconductor solutions that drive the capabilities of voice, enterprise, broadband and wireless communications. Zarlink employs approximately 750 people globally. Customers include Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, Huawei, ZTE, Given Imaging, Cochlear, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson.

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: Customers relying on Zarlink's ultra low-power design skills and system knowledge to meet reliability and low-power requirements for healthcare products, including cardiac pacemakers and hearing aids. Zarlink's combined ultra-low power and RF (radio frequency) design know-how is enabling a wide range of advanced healthcare products, including the world's first swallowable camera capsule and wirelessly enabled implanted medical devices supporting new monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

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.

Analog Foundry: Zarlink provides end-to-end bipolar technology foundry processes and design expertise for RF, line driver and power management applications.

Research & 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 2007, R&D spending was US$32.7 million, or 23% of revenue.

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Operations

Zarlink sells products to 3,000 customers in more than 100 countries. It has R&D centers in Ottawa (Canada); San Diego and Phoenix (U.S.A.); Jarfalla (Sweden); and Caldicot, Swindon and Plymouth (UK). Zarlink operates fabrication centers in Swindon, Caldicot, and Jarfalla.