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Spectra7 DreamWeVR™ Chips Support New Industry Standard Interface for Virtual Reality Headsets


VirtualLink USB Type-CAlt Mode Launched by Major Players to
Serve Next Wave of Consumer-Friendly Devices

Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. (TSX:SEV)("Spectra7" or the "Company"), a
leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for
broadband connectivity markets, today announced that the Company's
DreamWeVR™ active cable technology is ready to support the new
VirtualLink standard for use in next-generation VR cables.

Spectra7's DreamWeVR chips are already being embedded in USB Type-C™
cables allowing the copper conductors to be reduced, yielding a cable as
small in diameter and weight as a standard ear-bud cable, while still
transferring ultra-high-speed video and data.

Spectra7's innovative DreamWeVR chips are purpose-built for AV, VR, and
MR cable applications and deliver industry-leading performance, low
power and the tiny footprint necessary to be embedded in wearable
cables. The product line includes:

  • VR8300 - DisplayPort HBR3 Embedded Cable Processor - Delivers
    DisplayPort bandwidth of up to 32.4Gbps at 5K resolution for 15
    million pixel cinema-grade video.
  • VR8200 - DisplayPort HBR2 Embedded Cable Processor - Delivers
    DisplayPort bandwidth of up to 21.6Gbps at 4K resolution.
  • VR8051 - USB 3.2 Gen 2 Embedded Cable Processor - Delivers up
    to 10Gbps of sensor/camera data for positional tracking and gesture
  • VR8050 - USB 3.2 Gen 1 Embedded Cable Processor - Delivers up
    to 5Gbps of sensor/camera data for positional tracking, and gesture

Backed by NVIDIA, AMD, Oculus, Valve, and Microsoft, the new VirtualLink
standard is a USB Type-C alternate mode that will be able to supply all
of the necessary power, video information, and data over a single USB
Type-C cable and connector.

"We are extremely pleased that our products already meet the
requirements of the new interface standard," said Spectra7 CEO Raouf
Halim. "We believe our technology will continue to be the preferred
solution for VR products utilizing the new interface standard and we
look forward to working with market-leading manufacturers seeking to
incorporate our chips into cables supporting the new standard."

About VirtualLink

VirtualLink is an open industry standard developed to meet the
connectivity requirements of current and next-generation virtual reality
(VR) headsets. VirtualLink is an Alternate Mode of USB Type-C designed
to deliver the power, display, and data required to power VR headsets
through a single USB Type-C connector.

VirtualLink has been developed as an open standard by an industry
consortium of leading silicon, software, and headset manufacturers led
by NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, Microsoft, and AMD. This open industry
standard for VR connectivity advances VR interoperability and provides
economic benefits to head-mounted display (HMD) makers, original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs), developers, and consumers. It will
accelerate the development and implementation of new VR technologies.

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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

Cautionary Notes

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute
"forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of
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Company's expectations, estimates and projections regarding future
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Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or
achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to the
risk factors discussed in the Company's annual MD&A for the year ended
December 31, 2016. Management provides forward-looking statements
because it believes they provide useful information to investors when
considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to
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actual results or developments will be realized or, even if
substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences
to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are
made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no
obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information,
events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law.

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