CATC Delivers Industry's Most Powerful Fibre Channel Analyzer

1/21/2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation(TM) (CATC(TM)) (Nasdaq: CATZ), a communications protocol expert company and a leading provider of advanced verification systems and connectivity products for digital communications standards, announced the CATC FCTracer(TM), delivering sophisticated triggering, high-level decoding and expert analysis for Fibre Channel networks and devices. FCTracer is CATC's newest addition to its portfolio of test and measurement tools for today's storage area protocols. FCTracer will enable storage equipment developers and engineers to quickly and independently monitor and analyze multiple channels of traffic resulting in faster verification and problem resolution.

With FCTracer, the user can independently trigger and record up to 8, 1 or 2 Mbps FC ports, each at a different transfer rate. Developers are able to quickly locate and identify intermittent problems, specific errors and data patterns with up to 2 parallel event sequencers containing 256 states; each with an independent trigger and filter criteria. FCTracer simplifies the interpretation and debug of the Fibre Channel protocol by providing extensive upper-level protocol decoding and easy access to packet level detail. Throughput problems and anomalies can be easily identified with detailed real- time performance monitoring and statistics.

As part of CATC's commitment to Fibre Channel, CATC has joined the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) as an Associate member. "As low-cost Fibre Channel components arrive in the market, the entire storage ecosystem must evolve to address new SAN users," commented Chris Lyon, executive director of the Fibre Channel Industry Association. "I am pleased to welcome CATC as a new associate member in the FCIA. Bringing their expertise in protocol analysis to the Fibre Channel arena should help lower deployment costs and accelerate Fibre Channel adoption in the broader market."

"CATC is dedicated to delivering accurate and reliable verification systems for existing and emerging communications protocols. Fibre Channel is a perfect fit to expand our storage product line," stated Dan Wilnai, President and CEO of CATC. "With the broad deployment of Fibre Channel there is growing demand for simpler tools for use by less technical staff. FCTracer utilizes the CATC Trace expert software, which is central to all of our products, and has a very easy-to-use and intuitive interface for faster data analysis."

The FCTracer fits into the CATC Universal Protocol Analysis System (UPAS(TM)), allowing rapid development and testing of products and enabling engineers to quickly move from protocol to protocol. FCTracer also leverages the intuitive and powerful CATC Trace(TM) expert analysis software, which utilizes a proprietary Windows-based User Interface, and displays communications traffic in searchable easy-to-use, color-coded fields with detailed traffic summary reports.

Pricing and Availability
CATC is accepting orders for the FCTracer for delivery beginning in March 2003. For pricing or additional information, please contact CATC or its worldwide network of distributor partners.

About CATC
Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC), a 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, Serial ATA, SCSI 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 verification systems consist of development and production products that accurately monitor communications traffic and diagnose operational problems to ensure standards compliance and interoperability as well as assist system manufacturers to download software onto new computers. CATC connectivity products enable reliable, uninterrupted service for broadband Internet access. CATC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information regarding CATC and its product offering, please visit

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