CATC, dashcourses Collaborate on Infiniband, USB, PCI Express Training

5/13/2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) (Nasdaq: CATZ), a leading communications protocol expert company, announced a joint marketing relationship with dashcourses, Inc., a leader in technical training solutions. Together the two companies will promote InfiniBand, USB and PCI Express(TM) technologies through collaboration on dashcourses' advanced three day training workshops. The training courses have been developed to assist engineers and developers better understand the communications protocols, decrease product development times and speed delivery to market.

CATC will provide dashcourses with its powerful InfiniBand, USB and PCI Express expert protocol analyzers and exercisers for use in their workshops as well as assistance in developing lab scenarios and exercises. dashcourses offers one-day protocol overview courses as well as multiple day architecture workshops with hands-on lab sessions. During the lab sessions, the students will use the CATC analyzers to perform protocol analysis and debugging of live InfiniBand, USB, and PCI Express devices and systems.

"The CATC analyzers and exercisers will significantly enhance the experience students gain with InfiniBand, USB, and PCI Express. Students will be able to create live networks and record, analyze, and debug packet-level traffic," said Marianne Cherney, president and founder of dashcourses, Inc. "The CATC analyzers give students the chance to see first-hand the concepts discussed in the workshops and, at the same time, show interoperability with other equipment used in our classes."

"CATC believes that this partnership will significantly improve the quality of education available to engineers and IT professionals and contribute towards the promotion of these protocols and their capabilities," said Dan Wilnai, president and CEO of CATC. "By providing students with the industry's top analyzers and exercisers, students will be able to learn how these different devices communicate with each other and then effectively apply these popular tools in their own product development."

dashcourses will be using the CATC IBTracer(TM), Infiniband protocol analyzer; the CATC USBTracer/Trainer(TM), USB protocol analyzer and exerciser; and the CATC PETracer(TM), PCI Express protocol analyzer. All three products are based on CATC's modular Universal Protocol Analyzer System(TM) (UPAS). Like all of CATC's products, these analyzers utilize the powerful and intuitive CATC Trace(TM) expert software system, which works in conjunction with the CATC BusEngine(TM) protocol processor technology. The BusEngine is responsible for real-time triggering and filtering as well as protocol data capture. The captured data is then passed to the CATC Trace for further processing, decoding and analysis before being presented to the user.

About dashcourses, Inc.
dashcourses develops and delivers unbiased training courses and programs for the technical community worldwide. dashcourses provides implementation focused workshops in the areas of PC Architecture, UNIX/Linux, Programming, Networking, PowerPC and Web Design. dashcourses' workshop oriented classes allow attendees to learn by doing in an environment that fosters skill mastery through class lecture and exercises. Course exercises provide the foundation that enables attendees to use the technology in class, identify the pros and cons of the technology and leave the classroom ready to put the technology to work in their environment. dashcourses, Inc., is a privately held company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information regarding dashcourses and its technical training offering, please visit or call 877-710-5455.

About CATC
Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) 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 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, BusEngine, CATC Trace, IBTracer, PETracer, Universal Protocol Analyzer System, UPAS and USBTracer/Trainer are proprietary marks of Computer Access Technology Corporation.

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