NEC Develops PCI Express with CATC's PCI Express Protocol Analyzer

6/3/2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) (Nasdaq: CATZ), a leading communications protocol expert company, announced that NEC Electronics America, Inc., has purchased the CATC PETracer, a PCI Express(TM) protocol analyzer system, for use in the development, validation and debug of NEC Electronics' PCI Express controllers and IP cores. NEC Electronics America chose the PETracer because of the analyzer's extensive real-time filtering and triggering, comprehensive search and the expert CATC Trace(TM) software capabilities. CATC was able to deliver a PCI Express analyzer capable of meeting NEC Electronics' demanding development schedule.

"We have utilized CATC analyzers in the past and they have helped us to design and test our products faster and more accurately, enabling us to quickly bring products to market," said Kugao Ouchi, Director of Computing I/O Technology Group, Broadband LSI Technology Strategic Business Unit for NEC Electronics America. "In just a few days, we have already seen advancements in the development schedule as a result of using PETracer in our labs. We were able to quickly capture and identify errors that had evaded a solution for weeks."

NEC Electronics America demonstrated the world's first single-chip, configurable PCI Express endpoint controller at WinHEC in May 2003. This is a fully integrated endpoint controller, incorporating physical, data link and transaction layers and supporting up to four lanes.

"NEC Electronics is a leader in developing advanced semiconductor products for evolving technologies. Our expert analysis products enable customers like NEC Electronics America to quickly validate their product designs early in the development cycle, assuring conformity with the emerging standards and avoiding costly delays during production," stated Dan Wilnai, president and CEO of CATC. "The PETracer also helps our customers save resources and shorten product development cycles by verifying interoperability and protocol compliance."

PETracer is based on the CATC Universal Protocol Analysis System(TM) (UPAS(TM)) 2500H, which supports additional communication protocols such as USB, Bluetooth and Serial ATA. Also, PETracer utilizes the intuitive and powerful CATC Trace expert analysis software, which displays communications traffic in searchable, easy-to-use, color-coded fields with detailed traffic and error summary reports.

The PETracer will be on exhibit at the PCI-SIG Developer's Conference in San Jose, which begins today.

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, CATC Trace, PETracer, Universal Protocol Analyzer System and UPAS are proprietary marks of Computer Access Technology Corporation. NEC Electronics America, Inc. is either a registered trademark or trademark of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG.

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