29 May 2001
Mitel Corporation is reborn as Zarlink Semiconductor
- New identity brings together proven dimensions of an established global
player with the zeal and focus of a startup company
Ottawa, Canada - Mitel Corporation, operating as a sharply focused
semiconductor company, is introducing today a new global identity - Zarlink
Semiconductor(TM) - under which it will deliver communications connectivity
solutions to the world's leaders in voice and data networking.
Zarlink brings together proven dimensions of an established global leader with
the zeal and focus of a startup company. Zarlink delivers wired, wireless and
optical connectivity solutions that bring together networks and people, and it
provides highly specialized ultra low-power chipsets for use in medical
applications. Zarlink's solutions marry engineering excellence and innovative
use of advanced technologies as well as design flexibility and functionality
to provide customers with a competitive edge.
'Welcome to a new company you may already know,' said Patrick J. Brockett,
president and CEO, Zarlink Semiconductor. 'We have excellent people, great
technologies, and we listen to our customers and their needs. Our competitive
edge is a renewed intensity to win by delivering compelling products to market
ahead of the competition.'
The Zarlink brand is the latest step in recent months to build a new
competitive force in communications ICs. In the last six months, the company
has zeroed in on semiconductor opportunities by shedding its operations in
enterprise communications systems. It has brought aboard a new CEO who is a
veteran of the industry and respected by customers and competitors alike. And
it has stepped up efforts to fuel its product pipeline. Despite a sudden and
severe downturn in the industry, Zarlink is consistently maintaining high
levels of research and development spending.
Zarlink embodies speed, focus, and execution. Going forward, the company will
leverage its considerable expertise in analog, digital, and mixed-signal
technologies to deliver products with compelling cost, performance, and
innovation advantages for customers.
The company is going to build on its leadership positions in such areas as TDM
switching, timing, and packet switching, and carve out new territory for
future successes. In the weeks and months ahead, Zarlink will be introducing a
series of products that underscore this point.
Here are some examples. Zarlink is now ramping up volume production on new
12-channel transceiver modules for very short reach, parallel fiber optic
applications. Four- and eight-channel versions are in the pipeline. In the
digital television market, the company has announced a new family of
System-On-a-Chip solutions that will provide a commanding position in the
market for integrated digital TVs and digital video broadcasting services.
In cellular radios, Zarlink has already scored major design wins for a new
highly integrated single chip radio, code name Tiger Shark. It is also
developing a new family of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) products. And in its
medical business, Zarlink is working on new chips for pacemakers and hearing
aids based on a new low voltage, ultra low-power process.
About the Name
Zarlink means 'leader in connectivity'. It derives from the latin word
'Caesar' meaning 'one having great power or authority' and the word 'link'
which means 'to connect or be connected'.
Zarlink employs its formidable analog, digital and mixed-signal capabilities
to offer the most compelling products for wired, wireless and optical
connectivity markets and ultra low power medical applications. For more
information, visit www.zarlink.com
Zarlink will continue to report and file financial information as Mitel
Corporation and trade on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the
ticker symbol 'MLT' until the new legal name of the company - Zarlink
Semiconductor Inc. - is approved by shareholders. This is expected to occur at
the company's Annual Shareholders Meeting in July.
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 risks discussed in documents filed by the Company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are encouraged to consider the
risks detailed in those filings.
Editor: High-resolution electronic versions of the new Zarlink logo can be
retrieved from the Zarlink homepage (www.zarlink.com) or from the CP, AP, and
Newscom photo networks. A more detailed company fact sheet can be obtained
from www.zarlink.com. Zarlink semiconductor and the Zarlink logo are
trademarks of Mitel Corporation.
This fact file is background information for the Zarlink news release dated
May 29, 2001 called Mitel Corporation is Reborn as Zarlink Semiconductor.
- Zarlink delivers solutions to more than 3,000 customers in over 100
countries through an established, proven network of direct and indirect
sales and support channels. The company counts among its customers some
of the world's most influential names in communications and Internet
technology: Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, Motorola, Ericsson, and others.
- Zarlink's technological insight is reflected in the company's strong
portfolio of intellectual property, currently numbering almost 1800
patents and pending applications in key technologies such as voice and
packet processing, optical, RF, and digital design.
- Zarlink's technological underpinnings are fueling commercial success
and customer acceptance. For instance, Zarlink is the number one
supplier of TDM voice/data switching chips and a leading supplier of
timing and synchronization chips. The company is an early leader in the
emerging very short-reach optical interconnect market and a market
leader in packet switching for Internet Protocol and Layer 2 switching
It is the world's largest independent supplier of chips for
implantable and wearable solutions such as pacemakers, hearing aids
and other medical devices.
- Zarlink is well positioned for future growth. The company has minimal
debt and is firmly committed to aggressively invest in product research
and development, In Fiscal 2001, Zarlink generated revenue of
$674 million. The company numbers some 2,000 people worldwide,
including more than 500 scientists, engineers, and technologists in its
design and development group.
For more information, visit www.zarlink.com
For further information: Jacques Guerette, Corporate Communications, tel:
+1-613-592-0200, Mike McGinn, Investor Relations tel: +1-613-592-0200
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