CATC Offers Industry's First Fully Integrated Serial ATA Protocol Analyzer and Traffic Generator System

2/19/2003 - 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 availability of SATracer/Trainer(TM) version 2.0, the industry's first fully integrated system offering traffic generation with both host and device emulation and expert protocol analysis. CATC's SATracer/Trainer system is the most cost effective solution available today for end-to-end Serial ATA test and analysis.

CATC's SATracer/Trainer 2.0 enables engineers to transmit and record both host and device side Serial ATA traffic with a single system. It is a complete performance analysis platform that serves a dual function -- generating reliable and repeatable traffic and, at the same time, unobtrusively monitoring the bus, recording and analyzing selected traffic. The system can be configured to perform analysis, traffic generation, or both functions concurrently. The SATracer/Trainer can furthermore, be used to perform overnight stress testing of Serial ATA devices and systems. It can also validate protocol compliance, reliability and fault handling by injecting code violations, CRC, scrambling and protocol errors.

"With Serial ATA products now being introduced, there is a need for tools that exercise, measure and evaluate the performance of these devices. The Serial ATA developer community now has, in the CATC SATracer/Trainer, a modular platform that can perform a variety of validation tasks and ultimately reduce time to market for best of class storage solutions that utilize Serial ATA," commented Jason Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager and Serial ATA Working Group chairman.

"We developed the SATracer/Trainer in response to a market need for a single system that is small, easily portable and available at an attractive price point," said Michael Micheletti, senior product marketing Manager for CATC. "This system can emulate host or device and transmit valid as well as invalid traffic. This exchange is then recorded and displayed by the CATC Trace(TM), our expert analysis software."

The CATC SATracer/Trainer 2.0 is part of CATC's Universal Protocol Analyzer System(TM) (UPAS(TM)) 2500H and includes support for Serial ATA II command decoding. It utilizes a Hi-Speed (480 Mbps) USB interface to a host PC for accessing and analyzing the recorded Serial ATA data.

Existing SATracer(TM) customers can upgrade their analyzers by adding the SATrainer(TM) module to their UPAS 2500H system. SATracer/Trainer leverages the intuitive and powerful CATC Trace 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 and error summary reports.

Pricing and Availability
CATC is accepting orders for the SATracer/Trainer v2.0 for delivery beginning in March 2003. For pricing or additional information, please contact CATC or its worldwide network of distribution 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 Bluetooth, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, IEEE 1394, InfiniBand, PCI Express, Serial ATA, SCSI and USB. 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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