SOURCE: Finisar

March 07, 2006 08:00 ET

Finisar Corporation to Introduce the New Bus Doctor™ CE-ATA Analyzer at Intel's Developer Forum

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a technology leader in gigabit fiber optic solutions for high-speed data networks, today announced that it will introduce its new Bus Doctor™ CE-ATA Analyzer with a demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, March 7 - 9.

CE-ATA is a new storage protocol that has a number of advantages due to its compact design and power efficiency making it an ideal protocol for consumer electronic products based on the continual need for miniaturization. The new Finisar analyzer will assist storage, silicon and product engineers in their work with CE-ATA in the development of the next generation of digital media players, digital recorders, digital audio players and multi-media cellular phones.

Finisar, located in booth #530, will demonstrate a CE-ATA system with its new analyzer capturing and monitoring data traffic and decoding the CE-ATA protocol. In this live demo, Finisar will exercise the CE-ATA protocol using the Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 one-inch drive, the world's first CE-ATA-based hard drive.

"Tools like the Finisar Bus Doctor CE-ATA Analyzer are an important next step in moving forward the CE-ATA standard, which will simplify the process to integrate hard drives into consumer electronics," said Larry Swezey, director, mobile HDD product strategy & marketing, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Hitachi is supportive of efforts that bring the benefits of high storage capacity to consumer-electronic devices in the most expeditious and cost effective way, and CE-ATA helps to achieve that objective."

"Adoption rate and interoperability are necessary elements for market success," said Guri Stark, vice president of Marketing, Solutions Group at Synopsys. "As the leader in connectivity IP, Synopsys is in a strong position to facilitate the adoption of the CE-ATA protocol for designers looking to integrate this IP into their mobile storage SoC designs. The Bus Doctor Rx from Finisar is a much welcomed tool as it addresses interoperability by providing essential tools for software developers to integrate the CE-ATA drives with our DesignWare Mobile Storage CE-ATA host IP."

"CE-ATA is an exciting development for the mobile products market where a significant number of products are expected to debut later this year," said Steve Wong, Product Marketing Director, Finisar Corporation. "Before the Bus Doctor CE-ATA Analyzer, there were no effective tools for the testing and analysis of this new protocol. Finisar is once again first to help engineers design for a new protocol that will ultimately help bring new and better storage products to market more quickly."

With advanced features such as trace buffers as larger as 4.6GBs, hardware assisted search and 4 nanosecond capture resolution, the Bus Doctor is a unique platform able to analyze CE-ATA technology as well as many other consumer electronic and computing protocols.

The new Finisar Bus Doctor CE-ATA Analyzer features support of native MMC and CE-ATA, bus widths of x1, x4 and x8, and bus speeds of 0 to 52 MHz.

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Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a technology leader for fiber optic components and subsystems and network test and monitoring systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Gigabit Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using Fibre Channel, IP, SAS, SATA and SONET/SDH protocols. The Company's headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California, USA. www.finisar.com.

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