When you are working with multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs) for your electronic applications, it is more than likely you will rely on a backplane to provide interconnections between all of the boards as a means of creating a larger system. A backplane is an advanced type of advanced board that combines elements of high speed design, mechanical design, high voltage/high current design, and even RF design. As they are complex mechanisms used for mission-critical defense systems and other highly important applications, backplanes must meet additional standards beyond the average reliability requirements in IPC. This being said, the concepts involved in layout and routing are familiar to many users who have worked with PCBs before. As such, this blog will offer some tips and tricks for users looking to optimize their PCB and backplane designs for ease-of-use.