Today’s data rates, exceeding 622 Mbps and reaching the 1 to 3.125 Gbps range across 20 inches or more of backplane trace, have made it challenging to pass data reliably over parallel buses. As a result, designers are now forced to shift from the use of parallel buses to utilizing more advanced serial interconnects; however, even serial technologies have limitations, especially at data rates beyond the 1 Gbps level, where new problems arise. This white paper presents methods of addressing these issues with programmable logic solutions for next generation serial backplanes.