CATC Simplifies Analysis of HCI Traffic with Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer

6/12/2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation (CATC) (Nasdaq: CATZ), a leading communications protocol expert company, announced the availability of the newest addition to its Bluetooth product line, HCITracer(TM), an HCI analyzer system designed to capture, decode and analyze Bluetooth HCI traffic. HCITracer allows users to directly probe RS232 connections, UARTs and/or BlueCore interfaces for rapid and easy protocol analysis. HCITracer is the lowest cost solution for developers of Bluetooth stack, applications, device drivers and modules in need of an easy-to-use system to capture and analyze Bluetooth device information, rather than the entire piconet, during the design and debug process.

The CATC HCITracer software system runs on a portable or desktop PC and connects directly to Bluetooth Implementations Under Test (IUTs) via the HCI probe. The HCITracer probe plugs in through a USB port, eliminating the need to add RS232 ports to the configuration. The probe captures traffic generated by the device(s) and transfers it to the software for analysis. The HCITracer software can support up to 3 IUTs simultaneously and can fully analyze all traffic from the HCI level and above.

"Bluetooth development has evolved and there are many more applications and stack developers with limited or no need to capture and analyze the piconet," stated Joe Mendolia, Bluetooth business manger for CATC. "The HCITracer has simplified the capture of information needed to test and debug devices. Our low-cost solution will allow developers to quickly and easily see the necessary information to ensure device compatibility."

HCITracer is fully integrated and can be used with other CATC Bluetooth analyzers. Like all CATC expert protocol analyzers, the HCITracer utilizes the CATC Trace(TM) expert analysis software system to capture and display protocol traffic. Embedded in this sophisticated application is a deep understanding of the Bluetooth protocol hierarchy and intricacies. The CATC Trace presents this knowledge to the user in a colorful, intuitive and easy to use graphical display, allowing users to quickly capture and validate Bluetooth product designs.

The HCITracer will be on exhibit at the Bluetooth World Congress, which runs June 17 - 19, 2003 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

CATC is accepting orders for HCITracer. For pricing or additional information, please contact CATC or its worldwide network of distribution partners.

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

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