High-speed serialized data connection has been widely used in video displays, digital camera sensing, and backplane data transmission in networks, servers, and 3G base stations. Maxim developed products for serial link transmitters and receivers. This application note demonstrates the performance of a typical serializer and deserializer (SerDes) pair (the MAX9247 and MAX9218) under various cable type, cable length, and data rate conditions. The resulting information is a good guide for applications that require high-speed, serialized data connection.