The telecommunications and data-communications infrastructures are growing rapidly to meet consumers’ demands for services. This rapid, worldwide growth has created an escalating need for increased system performance. In this context, backplanes have become a focal point, and backplane designers are faced with many pressures: the requirements of high performance, upgraded applications, the increased need for throughput, and rapid time to market. Ultimately, the designer’s goal is to deliver a backplane with the performance required by the system.