Today’s high-speed network applications require support for tremendous data flow. Transmission of data is a necessary part of any communication system design. This function, along with many others provided by different components used in highperformance systems, has to be carefully considered and implemented by system and chip designers.

This paper will examine the following aspects related to high performance system design: understanding the main challenges in communication system design; clarification as to why a serializer/de-serializer (SerDes) is an important component of the system and where it is placed in the system; understanding of the main challenges in SerDes design and what NEC Electronics’ products can do to help design engineers embed SerDes with minimum risk.