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Tencent and Spectra7 Microsystems launch global consortium to accelerate copper cable technology

Shares of the San Jose-based semiconductor manufacturer rocketed higher after launching new group with one of China's largest technology companies
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Spectra7 manufactures semiconductors for leading electronics producers

Spectra7 Microsystems Inc (TSE:SEV) saw its shares roar to life on Thursday following the launch of a new copper-interconnectivity consortium with Tencent Holdings Ltd (OTCMKTS:TCTZF), one of China’s largest technology companies.

The San Jose-based company manufactures semiconductors for leading electronics producers in virtual reality, data centers and connectivity markets.

Toronto-listed shares of Spectra7 rocketed 44.4% higher on Thursday morning to C$0.07.

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Tencent and Spectra7 announced the formation of the Copper Reach Extension (CRX) Consortium in Bejing. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of active copper cable products, using Spectra7’s technology, to develop a standard that will allow cables from multiple suppliers to meet the requirements enabling broad interoperability.

“Tencent has worked together with Spectra7 to create the CRX Consortium to accelerate the adoption of analog active copper cable technology,” said Tencent’s senior network architect Min Sun. “We chose this analog active copper cable approach over competing technologies because of its low power, low cost and fast link-training. Going forward we plan to use only passive and active copper cables for our server connections.”

Other members include cable assembly company Luxshare-ICT and ethernet supplier Foxconn Interconnect, with more to be added later, according to a statement from Spectra7.

"Tencent’s data center growth is impressive and their leadership in this important technology category is welcomed," said Spectra7 CEO Raouf Halim. "We are extremely pleased to have worked with Tencent in the formation of the CRX Consortium and to be part of their network infrastructure upgrade plans."

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