CATC Unveils Industry's First 'Native' Serial ATA Protocol Analyzer

9/5/2002 - Computer Access Technology, a leading provider of advanced verification systems and connectivity products for communications protocols, announced the availability of the industry's first fully compliant Serial ATA 1.0 protocol analyzer which automatically detects and records spread spectrum clocked (SSC) signals.

Serial ATA is poised to become the future storage interface for desktop PC's and SSC will lower electromagnetic interference radiated within these systems. "SSC presents a major development hurdle for engineers because, until now, there have been no tools that can analyze the Serial ATA protocol while SSC is enabled," said Mike Micheletti, CATC's Product Manager for Serial ATA. "CATC's SATracer Protocol Analyzer is the first product of its kind that uses 'native' Serial ATA silicon components to automatically detect and decode signaling in both SSC and non-SSC modes."

"As Serial ATA products ramp in the next few months, the role of test equipment that can fully evaluate production silicon will continue to grow in importance," said Jason Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager and Serial ATA Working Group chairman.

The new CATC SATracer v1.4 Bus & Protocol Analyzer System also includes a Hi-Speed USB interface to the host PC for accessing Serial ATA recorded data. The USB 2.0 port is part of CATC's Universal Protocol Analyzer System (UPAS) 2500H chassis. As a Hi-Speed USB device, the UPAS 2500H is capable of transferring trace files up to 40X faster than systems using USB 1.1 ports.

CATC's UPAS 2500H accommodates interchangeable modules that support other protocols and was recently certified for Hi-Speed USB logo compliance by the USB Implementers Forum.

The CATC SATracer v1.4 Bus & Protocol Analyzer System may be ordered now for shipment in September 2002. The SATracer v1.4 is available as a plug-in module for CATC's Universal Protocol Analysis System (UPAS 2500 and UPAS 2500H). Existing SATracer users can trade-up to the new v1.4 plug-in module with SSC capabilities. The new UPAS 2500H chassis incorporating the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port is also available separately to deliver faster upload speed for existing CATC SATracer users. For pricing and trade-up information, please contact CATC or its worldwide network of reseller partners.

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CATC, the communication protocol expert company, provides advanced verification systems and connectivity products for existing and emerging digital communications standards such as USB, IEEE 1394, Bluetooth wireless technology, InfiniBand, SCSI, Serial ATA and Ethernet. CATC products are used by semiconductor, device, system and software companies at each phase of their products' lifecycles from development through production and market deployment. CATC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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