SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - January 31, 2017) - DesignCon (TSX: SEV) Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. ("Spectra7" or the "Company"), a leading provider of high performance analog semiconductor products for virtual reality, augmented reality, data center and other connectivity markets today announced that it will be demonstrating the world's first QSFP28 Double Density (QSFP28-DD) Active Copper Cable (ACC) utilizing the Company's new GaugeChanger Plus™ GC2502 silicon. Spectra7 will begin sampling GaugeChanger Plus™ QSFP28-DD active copper modules this quarter to major data center cable assembly companies.
The QSFP28-DD standard doubles the number of copper conductors in the same physical interface dimensions as QSFP28. This significantly reduces the conductor size (known as wire gauge) that can be used. By utilizing Spectra7's active cable silicon technology, the signals in the data center can be transmitted 3-5 times as far using the same low cost copper media.
Due to the linear design of the GC2502, these modules support both NRZ and PAM-4 signaling, enabling either 200G or 400G ethernet transmissions over the same cable.
"As density increases, the advantage of our active copper technology is more compelling due to our low power consumption," said Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim. "Many AOC vendors will struggle to fit within the power envelope and physical footprint of this new standard."
The Company will demonstrate QSFP28-DD ACCs with these modules at the DesignCon Expo to be held in Santa Clara, CA from January 31, 2017 to February 2, 2017.
To inquire about sampling the new GaugeChanger Plus™ QSFP28-DD modules, visit Spectra7 Microsystems at booth 803 at DesignCon or contact Sylvia@spectra7.com.
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Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. is a high-performance analog semiconductor company delivering unprecedented bandwidth, speed and resolution to enable disruptive industrial design for leading electronics manufacturers in virtual reality, augmented reality, data centers and other connectivity markets. Spectra7 is based in Palo Alto, California with design centers in Markham, Ontario, Cork, Ireland, and Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information, please visit www.spectra7.com.
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