National Instruments: High-speed serial explained

November 29, 2016 // By National Instruments

The Need for High-Speed Serial
Consumers continually demand better performance in a smaller form factor with reduced power requirements. In the early 2000s, these demands in a world of big data sparked a drastic shift from parallel to high-speed serial digital communication buses. This in turn has led to devices with much smaller footprints, much higher data throughput, and lower power requirements. These features enable many of the technologies that consumers take advantage of today such as SATA, USB, and PCI Express.


High-speed serial is an increasingly popular technology that reduces device footprint and increases data communication rates. This paper explores the fundamental concepts of high-speed serial communication links.
High-speed serial