CATC Merlin II Protocol Analysis System Supports Bluetooth V1.2

11/5/2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) (NASDAQ: CATZ), a leading communications protocol expert company, introduced the CATC Merlin II, the newest in their extensive line of expert Bluetooth protocol analyzers. Merlin II is the next generation of CATC’s award winning Merlin family of products. It is compliant with version 1.2 of the Bluetooth specification and is based on a unique and highly portable form factor. Merlin II enables designers to quickly identify and correct design issues as well as assist manufacturers to pre-screen devices for standard compliance and interoperability.

Merlin II is a powerful tool addressing the changing needs of the Bluetooth design and manufacturing communities, supporting the complete capture, decode and analysis of the Bluetooth specification v1.2. Its small size allows its use in tight workspaces and it can be easily positioned for optimal antenna placement and data capture. Merlin II has extensive triggering capabilities and robust filtering, enabling the user to focus only on relevant data by avoiding lengthy and laborious searches through captured data. For extended recording sessions, the analyzer can spool data to an external disk drive allowing for virtually unlimited memory capacity. Merlin II is fully compatible with CATC’s Merlin, Merlin Mobile and the BTTracer/Trainer Bluetooth analysis systems.

“Merlin II is the natural evolution of the CATC Merlin family of products – incorporating those features and functionality most demanded by our customers,” stated Fred Rastgar, director of Computing Products for CATC. “By offering a highly portable and cost-effective analyzer that supports the latest Bluetooth specification, we continue to show our commitment to our growing customer base.”

Like all CATC analyzer products, the Merlin II utilizes the powerful CATC Trace expert analysis software to process, decode and analyze captured Bluetooth traffic. The CATC Trace embeds a deep understanding of the Bluetooth protocol hierarchy and intricacies and presents this information to the user in a colorful, intuitive and easy to use graphical display, allowing customers to quickly discover and correct persistent and intermittent errors and flaws in product designs.

CATC is accepting orders for the Merlin II with delivery beginning in December 2003. For further information, please contact CATC or its worldwide network of distribution partners.

About CATC
Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) (NASDAQ: CATZ) is a global communication protocols expert company, providing test and measurement solutions for Computer I/O, Storage and Networking protocols, enhancing productivity and time to market. CATC develops, manufactures and markets advanced protocol analysis expert systems for established and emerging digital communications standards including Bluetooth, Fibre Channel, IEEE 1394, InfiniBand, PCI Express, SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), Serial ATA and USB. Semiconductor, device, system and software companies use CATC’s products during each phase of their products’ lifecycles from development through production and market deployment. CATC's expert protocol analysis systems allow customers to monitor communications traffic, diagnose design and operational problems and confirm interoperability and standards compliance. Technicians also use CATC's test and analysis products on production lines and for maintenance of deployed systems and networks. CATC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information regarding CATC and its products, please visit

CATC, Computer Access Technology Corporation, BTTracer/Trainer, CATC Trace, Merlin, Merlin II and Merlin Mobile are proprietary marks of Computer Access Technology Corporation.

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