SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 2, 2003 – The HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium, the nonprofit industry organization that manages the HyperTransport technology specification, today announced that the Consortium's Infrastructure Task Force has voted to adopt the HT8000 HyperTransport Compatibility Platform co-developed by member companies GDA Technologies, Inc. and Xilinx, Inc. as a recommended HyperTransport compatibility test fixture. This platform, commercially available from GDA Technologies, incorporates the Consortium approved DUT (Device Under Test) Connector and can be used to verify the compliance of Integrated Circuits (ICs) with HyperTransport Caves, Tunnels, Switches, and Host Bridges to the approved HyperTransport Compliance Check List. HyperTransport technology is licensed on a royalty-free basis through the HyperTransport Technology Consortium and is a universal chip-to-chip I/O technology that provides high bandwidth, scalability, low-cost implementations and software compatibility with legacy PCI I/O technology.
"This new Compatibility Platform from GDA Technologies is an important product for the HyperTransport-enabled market," said Gabriele Sartori, President of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "As the HyperTransport market grows rapidly from over 30 million ports shipped in 2003 to over 200 million ports in 2006, it is imperative that the consumers of HyperTransport-enabled devices and systems be assured that they will be compatible."
"This will undoubtedly spur a wider adoption of HyperTransport technology," said Brian Holden, Principal Engineer in PMC-Sierra's MIPS Processor Division and Chair of the HyperTransport Consortium Technical Working Group. "Both semiconductor and system vendors are likely to find this Consortium recommended Compatibility Platform a useful tool for verifying the interoperability of HyperTransport-enabled devices."
Todd Hironaka, Chair of the HyperTransport Infrastructure Task Force, added, "This commercially available interoperability platform is very attractive for the HyperTransport community. GDA Technologies is providing a very important tool for system manufacturers to use to determine interoperability of devices."
The GDA Technologies HT8000 HyperTransport Compatibility Platform is a 12.25" by 6.5" printed circuit board with a Virtex-II Series FPGA from Xilinx, multiple HyperTransport I/O links and two types of specialized interfaces. One is the HyperTransport Compatibility Program defined device-under-test or DUT connector, to which a HyperTransport device or subsystem can be linked to the HT8000 board. The second is a test fixture socket compatible with the FuturePlus Systems HyperTransport Analysis Probe for the Agilent Logic Analyzer. FuturePlus, Agilent and Xilinx are HyperTransport Consortium members.
"The HT 8000 platform is an important new offering from GDA's HyperTransport program. It allows semiconductor and system companies to ensure their HyperTransport based ICs are interoperable with other HT enabled devices," said Prakash Bare, Vice President of IP Business at GDA Technologies. "Our unmatched HyperTransport offerings are designed to enable our customers get to the market quickly while reducing their development risks and cost."
"The availability of a compatibility test platform will be well received by HyperTransport designers", said Ron DiGiuseppe, Sr. Marketing Manager for IP Cores at Xilinx. "It will help accelerate compatibility testing and enable rapid deployment of HyperTransport interconnects. Xilinx is pleased to have worked with GDA Technologies and the HyperTransport Consortium during the design and development of the board."
With over 40 HyperTransport technology-based products and services already announced and the specification's preservation of software investments that already exist with the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) today, HyperTransport technology has established a significant footprint in a number of key market segments. The HyperTransport product portfolio includes tunnel, bridge, graphic and switch chips from AMD, ALi, Alliance Semiconductor, NVIDIA, PLX Technology, and VIA Technologies; programmable-logic devices from Altera and Xilinx; processors and security processors from AMD, Broadcom, Cavium, Hifn, PMC-Sierra, and Transmeta; IP cores from Altera, GDA Technologies, Nurlogic, and Xilinx; BIOS software from AMI and Phoenix Technologies; verification and test tools from 0-In Design Automation, Agilent, FuturePlus, GDA Technologies, Schlumberger, Teradyne and TransEDA; and training courses and a book from Mindshare. For a full product listing, please visit: http://www.hypertransport.org/featuredproducts/products.html.
Pricing and Availability
The HT8000 is now available now from GDA Technologies. The platform supports Xilinx Virtex- II devices ranging from 34 million system -gates to 68 million system -gates. FPGAs The HT8000 is available with Embedded Linux. Pricing details are available through GDA sales.
About GDA Technologies, Inc.
GDA Technologies, Inc. is a leading design services company specializing in embedded, networking and consumer electronic designs. GDA focused on designing Systems, Boards, SOCs, ASICs, FPGAs and IPs from concept to product. GDA has successfully developed products in areas of Networking, Digital Video, Internet Appliances and Hand Held Solutions. GDA is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has satellite design centers in Sacramento, Boston, Chennai and Bangalore. GDA's web site is at www.gdatech.com.
About HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport universal chip-to-chip interconnect technology replaces and improves upon existing multilevel buses used in systems such as personal computers, servers and embedded systems while maintaining software compatibility with PCI I/O technologies. HyperTransport technology delivers a maximum 12.8 GB/second aggregate bandwidth using easy to manufacture dual, unidirectional point-to-point links. Enhanced 1.2V low-power LVDS signaling and dual-data rate data transfers deliver increased data throughput while minimizing signal crosstalk and EMI. HyperTransport interconnect technology employs a packet-based data protocol to eliminate many sideband signals (control and command signals) and supports asymmetric, variable width data paths.
About the HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium
The HyperTransport Technology Consortium is a non-profit organization managed by its members that is dedicated to promoting HyperTransport technology as an open, freely available industry specification for high bandwidth chip-to-chip communications. Membership in the consortium is open to any industry participant for a modest administrative fee and includes the rights to royalty-free use of HyperTransport technology Intellectual Property. More information can be obtained from the HyperTransport Technology Consortium website at www.hypertransport.org. Advanced Micro Devices, Alliance Semiconductor, Apple Computer, Broadcom Corporation, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems, and Transmeta are promoter members and comprise the Executive Committee of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
Companies interested in HyperTransport technology are invited to join the consortium. Consortium members pay modest annual dues and receive a royalty-free license to use the HyperTransport IP of the consortium members, gain access to additional technical documentation and may attend consortium meetings and events. To become a member, visit the consortium Web site at www.hypertransport.org.
HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.