Active equalization techniques overcome all of the performance limitations normally associated with highly attenuated cables. The embedded silicon adapts itself on a per channel basis for any given cable gauge, line rate or length. Embedding a high speed eye measurement system into the equalizer chip enables a very low cost and fast production tester which provides for 100% cable test. This technology enables a new breed of compact cables capable of longer lengths, thinner outer diameters, increased flexibility, guaranteed quality and a dramatic improvement in performance. Compact Active cable technology will find its way into a broad range of communications applications.