Spectra7, Luxshare demo 400G OSFP active copper cables at DesignCon

Jan. 28, 2019
Spectra7's GaugeChanger is billed as "an innovative and disruptive technology that allows copper to extend much longer lengths without the cost and power penalty of optics."

Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. (TSX:SEV), a provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, announced that it will be partnering with Luxshare-ICT to demonstrate OSFP format Active Copper Cables (ACCs) using Spectra7 technology in a live demo passing 400Gbps Ethernet traffic generated by a state-of-the-art 12.6 Tbps switch. Spectra7 and Luxshare will be demonstrating the technology at the DesignCon 2019 show at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley from January 30-31.

Luxshare-ICT, a leader in high performance interconnects and cable assemblies, has selected Spectra7’s GaugeChanger technology for integration into this new line of OSFP Active Copper Cables. The embedded Spectra7 GC2502 Linear EQ Chips dramatically increase the length of standard copper cables by almost 3 times. This enables a significant number of cables in the 3 to 7m range to remain copper-based instead of having to switch to optical solutions which are dramatically higher in power and cost.

“Spectra7 is integral in helping to drive the future of the data center interconnects industry, and we are proud to be collaborating with them to demonstrate next-generation high-speed solutions,” said Jinhua Chen, Enterprise GM at Luxshare-ICT. “This collaboration highlights our vision to build relationships that benefit our customers, partners, and provide flexible solutions to their toughest challenges.”

GaugeChanger is billed as "an innovative and disruptive technology that allows copper to extend much longer lengths without the cost and power penalty of optics. It works equally well at 25 Gbps NRZ and 50 Gbps PAM-4 enabling new connector standards of 100, 200 and 400 Gbps," adds Spectra7.

“Luxshare is a technology and market leader in the data center interconnect market,” said Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim. “Their adoption of our GaugeChanger technology is a significant milestone in the coming volume deployment of our data center product line.”

Luxshare will be showcasing OSFP ACC Cables with Spectra7’s GaugeChanger technology at Booth 717 at DesignCon.

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