Spectra7 Obtains Multiple Orders from Cable Partners for First Data Center Deployments in China
by Justin Hughes
Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. (SEV), a leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, broadcast that it has received significant product orders from two leading cable assembly partners in China for the company’s GC2502 chips. These innovative Spectra7 active copper cable (“ACC”) devices will allow cable assemblers to deliver lower power and lower cost interconnects to major data center operators in China starting in Q4 2018.
Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim, said, “We have had extensive discussions with China’s leading data center operators as well as cable assembly partners about how they can capitalize upon Spectra7’s lower power and cost for their hyperscale data centers. Our partners appreciated our ACC value proposition and engaged with us immediately. We expect these to be the first of many orders over the next few months as we ramp to mass production.”
Spectra7’s GaugeChanger™ technology is an innovative and disruptive technology that gives copper the ability to extend much longer lengths without the cost and power penalty of optics. It works equally well at 25Gbps NRZ and 50Gbps PAM4 supporting Ethernet standards of 25/50/100/200/400 Gbps.
Spectra7’s GaugeChanger™ enabled ACC’s can replace Active Optical Cables (“AOC”) for lengths up to 7m, which account for over 90% of the links in a typical data center. At a savings of 28 watts per interconnect, this adds up to almost 900 watts per 32 port Top-of-Rack switch (which depending on electricity prices  could reduce operating expenses by up to $20 million a year per data center). A large data center using Spectra7 technology could save several megawatts and over 10,000 metric tons  per year of carbon emissions by incorporating ACCs over AOCs.
About Spectra7 Microsystems Inc.: 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, mixed reality, data centers and other connectivity markets. Spectra7 is based in San Jose, California with design centers in Markham, Ontario, Cork, Ireland, and Little Rock, Arkansas.