This document discusses how optical interface technology embedded in an FPGA overcomes the reach, power, port density, cost, and circuit board complexity challenges associated with discrete copper interconnects. As data rates exceed 10 Gbps for various reach distances, Altera’s latest optical interface on FPGA overcomes the limits of copper interconnect by integrating the latest FPGA with a state-of-the-art laser and photon detector at the FPGA package level. The optical FPGA interface provides reach-length, power, cost, density, and form-factor advantages that dramatically exceed conventional electrical signaling and interconnect and discrete electrical-optical signaling and interconnect capabilities.