GDA Unveils GRIO Silicon IP Cores Based on Serial and Parallel RapidIO

4/27/2004 - GDA Technologies, Inc., a fast growing supplier of Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) and Electronic Design Services (EDS), announced the availability of GRIO (GDA RapidIO controller IP cores). GRIO IP cores are fully compliant with the Serial and Parallel RapidIO specifications and are targeted for embedded, communications and networking applications. The GRIO solution is derived from the RapidIO technology-based controller design licensed from Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc.

GRIO IP is packaged as a highly configurable, reusable design and marketed worldwide by GDA as the GRIO RapidIO IP family. GDA also announced today that it has joined the RapidIO Trade Association and will become an active member of the association in accelerating its global deployment.

"RapidIO interconnect architecture provides best-in-class features in performance, scalability and reliability, which are fundamental requirements for connectivity in high-speed applications. Our GRIO IP cores provide a set of features and capabilities that will foster new generations of innovative products based on RapidIO technology," said Prakash Bare, vice president of IP business at GDA. "We look forward to working with the RapidIO Trade Association to make the RapidIO fabric one of the compelling technology choices for backplane, board, mezzanine, and device interconnectivity."

"The RapidIO Trade Association is delighted that GDA Technologies is introducing its RapidIO IP cores to the market," said Sam Fuller, president of the RapidIO Trade Association. "Customers are demanding RapidIO-based solutions for their next-generation embedded systems and proven IP offerings like GDA Technologies' GRIO IP core will find a large and ready market."

The RapidIO interconnect architecture, designed to be compatible with the most popular integrated communications processors, host processors, and networking digital signal processors, is a high-performance, packet-switched, interconnect technology. It addresses the high-performance embedded industry's need for reliability, increased bandwidth, and faster bus speeds in an intra-system interconnect. The RapidIO interconnect allows chip-to-chip and board-to-board communications at performance levels scaling to ten Gigabits per second and beyond.

The GRIO IP cores adhere to the latest RapidIO specifications and are available for both ASIC and FPGA implementations. The cores are designed for reuse, and their flexible backend interfaces enable easy integration into wide range of applications. GRIO's configurable and modular architecture is optimized for latency, reliability, and small silicon footprint and is independent of application logic, PHY designs, and target technologies. Key features of the GRIO IP cores include:

GDA offers a broad portfolio of foundry-independent IP cores available for embedded, networking, communications, and computing applications. As part of the IP licensing package, GDA provides an extensive set of documentation and customer support capabilities. The IP package consists of Verilog RTL code, a verification environment, test cases, and detailed design documentations. GDA offers a suite of design services for customization and integration of the IP cores into each customer's ICs and FPGAs.

Pricing and Availability
The GRIO RapidIO IP cores and the IP validation platform are available now. For pricing and detailed information, please email

About GDA Technologies
GDA Technologies Inc. is a leading Electronic Design Services (EDS) and Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) solution provider for the embedded, networking, and consumer electronics markets. GDA specializes in designing ASICs, FPGAs, IPs, boards, SoCs, software and complete systems from concept to product. GDA has successfully developed products in the areas of desktop, server, and embedded computing, digital audio and video applications, Internet appliances, and voice and data networking applications. In the IP front, GDA has been the leading solution provider for fast interconnect technologies such as HyperTransport, PCI-Express, Ethernet and Advanced Switching with many licenses sold in compute, networking and communication markets. GDA is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has satellite design centers in Boston, Sacramento, Singapore, Chennai and Bangalore, India. The GDA web site is

About the RapidIO Trade Association
The RapidIO Trade Association and its global members drive the RapidIO® interconnect architecture. This ISO-certified, open-standard seamlessly enables the chip-to-chip, board-to-board, control, backplane and data plane interconnections needed in high-performance networking, communications and embedded systems. RapidIO-based products are shipping now, including silicon chips, boards and systems. Detailed information on the RapidIO specification, products, design tools, member companies, and membership is available at

* RapidIO and the RapidIO logo are trademarks and service marks of the RapidIO Trade Association.

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