Mezzanine Card is designed for Serial RapidIO interconnects.

Press Release Summary:

Available as reference design and ready-to-manufacture solution, Model ZLE(TM)60400 optical extender card reduces complexity of optically enabled line cards used in signal processing, networking, and communications equipment. It delivers up to 25 Gb/sec of ATCA and microTCA system interconnect in hot pluggable, standard AMC form factor. Standalone solution can be used with off-the-shelf processing and I/O boards to create proof-of-concept, testing, and development systems.

Original Press Release:

Zarlink Introduces AMC Optical Extender Card for Serial RapidIO Interconnects in Networking and Communications Equipment

- To be showcased with Avnet Memec at Electronica 2006, November 14-17th, 2006

OTTAWA, Nov. 13 -- Zarlink Semiconductor (NYSE/TSX:ZL) today introduced the ZLE(TM)60400 AMC (advanced mezzanine card) optical extender card. Available as both a reference design and ready-to-manufacture solution, the card reduces design time and complexity of optically enabled line cards used in signal processing, networking and communications equipment.

The ZLE60400 optical extender card for Serial RapidIO delivers up to 25 Gb/s of ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture) and microTCA system interconnect in a hot pluggable, standard AMC form factor. Zarlink will be introducing the ZLE60400 card at Electronica 2006 in Munich, Germany with Avnet Memec (Hall A3, Stand 606).

Increasing demand for bandwidth-intensive, multimedia-rich web applications requires higher-speed system interconnects within networking and communications equipment. RapidIO® technology eliminates potential traffic "bottlenecks" by defining an open-standard, scaleable architecture for chip-to-chip and circuit board-to-circuit board interconnects within wireless infrastructure, edge networking, storage, military and scientific equipment.

"As equipment manufacturers are pressured to meet higher-speed interconnect demands, the ZLE60400 optical extender card meets ATCA high-speed backplane and chassis requirements and allows Serial RapidIO to be brought 'out of the box'," said Dr. Marco Ghisoni, product manager, Optical Products, Zarlink Semiconductor. "Integrating Zarlink's parallel fiber optic module technology, ZLE60400 card provides scalable, high throughput interconnections of beyond 100 meters within equipment racks, shelves and boards".

The stand-alone solution can be used with off-the-shelf processing and I/O boards to create both proof-of-concept, testing and development systems or a final system design. The ZLE60400 card supports a high degree of flexibility by interoperating with a range of industry-standard connectors, including AMC, SMA (SubMiniature version A), HIP (Hardware Interoperability Platform). Optical interconnection is via industry-standard MPO/MTP connectorized optical fiber ribbon cable.

"RapidIO technology continues to be widely adopted as the primary interconnect technology for next-generation telecommunications equipment," said Tom Cox, executive director of the RapidIO Trade Association. "Zarlink's new optical extender card reference design is a key addition that will help simplify development and speed time-to-market of RapidIO-based systems."


The fully populated ZLE60400 AMC optical extender card reference design is available now. Optical fiber ribbon cables are also available at request. For more information contact Marco Ghisoni ( For more on Zarlink's optical solutions visit

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

About Avnet Memec

Avnet Memec was established in 2005 through the integration of Memec and WBC operations, which resulted in its becoming a highly specialized semiconductor distributor operating on a pan-European basis and employing a huge number of engineers to support customer design efforts.

Avnet Memec specializes in highly innovative suppliers and technologies that can help customers to differentiate their designs. Its area of specialization extends from Analog and Microcontrollers to RF, Datacom, and Networking. The company's Web site is at

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