Zarlink SemiconductorZarlink Semiconductor (now acquired by Microsemi) was a fabless semiconductor company specializing in the design and manufacture of communication and medical semiconductor integrated circuits, modules, and other devices.
Zarlink began life as the semiconductor division of storied Mitel Corp., the Ottawa-based technology firm founded by Newbridge Networks founder Terry Matthews and Corel Corp.-founder Michael Cowpland. At one time, the unit generated more than $1-billion in annual revenue. in the early 1970s. The maker of computer chips for communications technology and medical devices spun off in 2001 and has recently executed an impressive turnaround with profit growing nearly 800% in its most recent fiscal year.
Zarlink Semiconductor Limited designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductors for satellite, terrestrial, and cable sectors. The company’s products include integrated circuits, analog switches, tuners, demodulators, and ultra-low power communication devices. Zarlink Semiconductor Limited was formerly known as Mitel Semiconductor Limited and changed its name to Zarlink Semiconductor Limited in June, 2001. Zarlink Semiconductor Limited was incorporated in 1961 and is based in Caldicot, United Kingdom. Zarlink Semiconductor Limited operates as a subsidiary of Microsemi Corporation.
ALISO VIEJO, California and OTTAWA, Canada, Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (TSX: ZL), a leading provider of mixed-signal chip technologies for a broad range of communications and medical applications, announced today that Zarlink Semiconductor was acquired by Microsemi in October 2011.