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Protocol Analyzer Targets UWB Radio

The UWBTracer protocol analyzer from LeCroy targets radio traffic based on the WiMedia Alliance's Ultra-Wideband (UWB) common radio platform and the USB-IF standards' Certified Wireless USB (WUSB) (see the figure). It can capture and decode WiMedia and Certified WUSB traffic exchanged over the air. It also provides full capture and analysis of media-access control and physical-layer interface traffic between modules or chip sets.

The combination of radio-based analysis and MPI recording makes it useful at every stage of the product development lifecycle. The analyzer's CATC Trace software logically organizes and displays the protocol hierarchically all the way from WiMedia-based frames up to WUSB transfer. It includes powerful triggering and filtering. Pop-up tooltips explain the protocol in the context of the captured traffic. Users also can isolate specific Message Passing Interface and WUSB events using the comprehensive search function. Real-time statistics provide added insight into the device-under-test's operation and performance.

The UWBTracer protocol analyzer will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2006. Prices will range from about $20,000 to $30,000.

LeCroy Corp.

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