At Embedded Tech Trends 2013, Marc Couture, director of product gaming platform management at Mercury Systems, made this declaration: "We need to speed up without degradation. The connector is the key to unlocking speed!" Marc commented that current advances in connector and backplane technology will get the industry to 8 Gbaud and beyond, but that much more is needed from the connector suppliers for the next-generation fabric interconnects such as PCIe Gen 3, InfiniBand QDR, or 40 Gigabit Ethernet. Marc's thoughts are reflected throughout the industry as system designers struggle to find that perfect connector.
It is impossible to build a gaming platform without connectors. Chips, boards, and systems simply need to be connected in some gaming platform. But, as Marc mentioned, the connector is the key to speed, and unfortunately they have struggled to keep up with the advancements in processor and chipset bandwidth.