Spectra7 Achieves Low Power Benchmark of 6mW/Gbps for New Data Center Interconnects

Cloud Operators can Save up to 28W per Interconnect with 400G OSFP Form-Factor for Server-to-Switch and Switch-to-Switch Links

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. (TSX:SEV) (“Spectra7” or the “Company”), a leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, today announced it has achieved a new low power benchmark of 6mW/Gbps for 400G OSFP Ethernet interconnects, 12x lower than competing optical solutions that are as much as 75mW/Gbps.

“U.S. data centers use more than 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, requiring roughly 34 giant (500-megawatt) coal-powered plants. Global data centers used roughly 416 terawatts (4.16 x 1014 watts) (or about 3% of the total electricity) last year, nearly 40% more than the entire United Kingdom. And this consumption will double every four years. This is a big problem, and it's getting bigger,” reports Radoslav Danilak for Forbes Technology Council.

Spectra7 GaugeChangerTM enabled Active Copper Cables (ACCs) can replace Active Optical Cables (AOCs) for lengths up to 7m, which account for over 90% of the links in a typical data center. At a savings of up to 28 watts per interconnect, this adds up to almost 800 watts per 32-port top-of-rack switch. A large data center using Spectra7 technology could save several megawatts by incorporating ACCs over AOCs.

The OSFP is a new pluggable form factor with eight high-speed electrical lanes that will initially support 400 Gbps (8x50G). It is slightly wider and deeper than the QSFP but it still supports 36 OSFP ports per 1U front panel, enabling 14.4 Tbps per 1U.

Spectra7’s GaugeChanger is an innovative and disruptive technology that enables copper cables to extend to much longer lengths without the cost and power penalty of optical cables. It works equally well at 25Gbps NRZ and 50Gbps PAM4 enabling new connector standards of 100/200/400 Gbps.

“We are extremely pleased to offer such significant power and cost savings to the data center market,” said Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim. “We believe our power advantage over existing technologies will make our cables an attractive alternative to data center operators as increased demand for higher bandwidth puts an increasing premium on low-power solutions."

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. For more information, please visit www.spectra7.com.

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Reference:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/12/15/why-energy-is-a-big-and-rapidly-growing-problem-for-data-centers/#7cecfaf5a307

Contacts

Spectra7 Microsystems Inc.
Sean Peasgood, 647-503-1034
Investor Relations
ir@spectra7.com
or
Darren Ma, 669-284-3170
Chief Financial Officer
pr@spectra7.com

Contacts

Spectra7 Microsystems Inc.
Sean Peasgood, 647-503-1034
Investor Relations
ir@spectra7.com
or
Darren Ma, 669-284-3170
Chief Financial Officer
pr@spectra7.com