Zarlink Introduces New ZLynx Active Optical Cable for High-Speed Data Center Interconnect

OTTAWA, CANADA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jun 24, 2009 -- Zarlink Semiconductor (TSX: ZL) today announced that its new ZLynx 4x10 Gbps active optical cable with quad small form-factor (QSFP) terminations for InfiniBand QDR is available for sampling. The new cable is providing infrastructure links between Mellanox (booth #520) and the ISCnet InfiniBand network at this week's International Supercomputing (ISC'09) conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Zarlink offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of active optical cables and parallel transceiver modules for data center and computer cluster interconnect. The company's new ZLynx 4x10 Gbps optical cable is the latest in a comprehensive portfolio of market-proven products with integrated CX4, hybrid CX4 to QSFP and QSFP terminations that now support data rates up to 10 Gbps/channel. Zarlink's ZLynx active optical cables have been tested, validated and purchased by leading computer and switch vendors.

"We are solidifying our leadership position in the active optical cable market, with new products for data center interconnect," said Ram Rao, product marketing manager with Zarlink's Optical Products group. "We were the first volume producer of active optical cables, with ZLynx cables now deployed in data centers worldwide. Building on this market-proven expertise, our new ZLynx cable meets performance, power and cable management requirements as QDR speeds begin to dominate data center deployments."

The ZLynx QDR cable provides key performance and cost advantages for data centers. The cable delivers critical ultra-high signal integrity required as speeds migrate to 10 Gbps, allowing operators to meet the bandwidth demands of data-intense services such as advanced mobile communications and cloud computing applications. In addition, the light-weight, flexible cable simplifies equipment installation and eliminates airflow concerns to reduce cooling requirements and satisfy "green" performance requirements for data centers.

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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