Zarlink Tuner Complies With DVB-S2

Zarlink Tuner is first to meet full performance demands of industry standard for advanced satellite services

May 26, 2004

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OTTAWA -- Zarlink Semiconductor (NYSE/TSX:ZL) today introduced the ZL10038 device, the industry's first single-chip tuner to fully comply with the new DVB-S2 (Digital Video Broadcast-Satellite 2) international transmission standard. The ZL10038 tuner is designed for advanced satellite STBs (set-top boxes) delivering high-speed Internet, HDTV (high-definition TV) and other broadband services to consumers.

With equipment meeting the demanding benchmarks of the DVB-S2 standard, satellite TV companies can offer cost-effective, bandwidth-intensive services such as affordable high-speed Internet for rural areas not reached by other broadband technologies, increased TV channel selection, and expanded HDTV services.

Recent satellite Internet deployments have been hampered by the price of bandwidth and equipment. Improved bandwidth capacity provided by advances in higher order signal processing techniques outlined by the DVB-S2 standard, combined with new two-way satellite access technology, enables the cost-effective rollout of broadband Internet access services.

For TV broadcasting, DVB-S2 provides 30 percent more bandwidth than previous satellite standards, allowing operators to broadcast 25 standard definition or six HDTV channels from a conventional 33 MHz transponder.

"There is a growing need for sophisticated and affordable set-top boxes that deliver bandwidth-intensive services," said Bob Ferreira, product line director, Consumer Communications, Zarlink Semiconductor. "Our advanced modulation ZL10038 tuner is a highly integrated, compact chip that is implemented directly on the set-top box motherboard, making it simpler and less costly to use than discrete component approaches."

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

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