Prior to 1985, each electronic OEM on earth would do everything inside the
company from market research to design to production to product support.
Between 1985 and 1990, however, manufacturing became a function that was
outsourced, enabling the EMS sector to grow rapidly into a multi-billion
dollar industry. The co-founders of GDA saw a very similar opportunity
during their brainstorming sessions throughout the Winter of 1995, as they
felt that design and product development would fast become a function, if
defined properly, that could similarly be outsourced to optimize R&D
The co-founders of GDA, AG Karunakaran, Gopa Periyadan, Prakash Bare, and
Ravi Thumarakudy, all shared a common dream of contributing something
positive to their chosen industry--electronic hardware design and
development. They also shared a common vision on how to make this dream into
a reality. Translating that vision, GDA was founded with a dedicated mission
to become the leading Electronic Design Services (EDS) partner for Embedded,
Networking, and Consumer product companies.
On May 15, 1996, those four aspiring Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, beginning
in a modest 1,000 square ft. facility, incorporated the company. The “GDA”
name was derived from Global Design Automation, with a foundational belief
within the company in automating design by creating and re-using building
blocks within the system design and offering Intellectual Property blocks in
IC development and Digital Video Software. In fact, the company began then
and still retains a global outlook in everything it does. Along with the
four founders, a core set of professionals joined the team then to drive its
growth. This set of pillars have been driving the company ever since.
Now, after close to 10 years in business, GDA is uniquely positioned to lead
the electronics Industry in solving the time to market puzzle with its
expertise in Systems, ASIC/FPGA design, and System Software combined with
its rich knowledge in tools and methodologies. GDA is one of the very few
companies in this sector that has invested in and created the infrastructure
necessary for complete turnkey outsourcing in the design arena. The GDA team
has shown an extraordinary commitment, vision, and determination to create a
genuinely enduring edifice.
In all, GDA has 6 design centers employing a diverse work force from
various parts of the word. Engineers at GDA have the unique opportunity to
work on cutting edge technologies and essential to the full product
development life cycle. Ranked as one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing
companies, GDA registered growth rates over 100% for its first four
consecutive years. Though it started with a head count of just 5 in 1996, by
end of 2005, it will have close to 300 employees worldwide.
To achieve that level of growth and success, the company has gone through
three distinct growth phases thus far. From 1996 to 2001, it was moving
through a rapid-scale growth phase, doubling revenue every year. Then came
the Internet bust and 9/11, bringing with it the related recession in
Silicon Valley. During that time, GDA nonetheless held together as united
force and maintaining business levels and keeping the business solvent. As
the recession faded, the company could feel its momentum returning and
focused its efforts on taking advantage of the recovery. For the last two
years, with the recovery in full swing, GDA is growing at a healthy rate,
with robust growth strategies already in place for the coming years.
As a company that has been built to last from its very inception, GDA is
well on its way to creating history in the EDS market.