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  • Data Translation Ships DT3162 Frame Grabber: Innovative Breakthroughs Hallmark of All-Purpose Variable-Scan Frame Grabber
Jun 2002
   Data Translation,® Inc. announces the shipment of the DT3162, a variable-scan monochrome frame grabber for the PCI bus. The board provides up to a 40 MHz pixel acquire rate to accommodate newer, faster cameras; high-resolution data sampling for exact measurement; and advanced software capabilities for programmable timing, resolution, camera set-up and video format. Because many machine vision applications require control functions, the DT3162 also provides 4 input and 4 output digital lines so it can be used as a one-board solution.

Fred Molinari , president, founder and CEO of Data Translation said, "The all-purpose design of the DT3162 makes it ideal for demanding scientific imaging, machine vision and other high-end applications. Its high speed, programmable front-end flexibility, flexible input timing and spatial resolution are just some of the innovations that will help drive these markets into wider acceptance."

The DT3162 frame grabber’s versatile analog front-end design uses a 10-bit A/D converter to capture the sharpest and most noise-free image of any comparable analog frame grabber. The DT3162 frame grabber’s auto-calibrate feature also sets it apart from other frame grabbers. Users can recalibrate on-site using an on-board video signal. Support for the Camera Interface Module or CIM (sold separately) lets users connect any camera, triggering device or external clock signal into the DT3162 frame grabber via a DIN-rail mountable enclosure so that they can be up and running in minutes.

Designed at an optimum 40 MHz pixel clock rate, the DT3162 provides a much faster sample rate allowing for more precise image capture across a broad range of cameras. The DT3162 also features a camera/strobe timing control to insure operation with any Asynchronous Reset camera, no matter which mode it operates in. This feature is vital for machine vision applications to capture images as needed without losing data. In addition, the board has 4 digital input/output lines for control purposes, which allows the DT3162 to be a one board solution for machine vision applications.

Software programmable input timing and spatial resolution enable the DT3162 frame grabber to work with any video source, including standard RS-170/CCIR, slow-scan, large format and progressive-scan cameras. Designed for the PCI bus, the DT3162 frame grabber can process significant amounts of data from 120 Mbytes/sec to 133 Mbytes quickly and effectively without CPU intervention. This feature frees up the host CPU to perform much-needed compute-intensive tasks.

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements

The DT3162 variable-scan monochrome frame grabber is priced at $995. The board requires a Pentium® III class processor, a 32-bit/33MHz PCI bus and supporting BIOS, one available PCI bus slot, Microsoft Windows® 98, ME, 2000, and XP, a minimum of 128 MB system RAM, CD-ROM drive for software installation and a DDI-compatible graphics adapter.


Data Translation’s new Imaging Omni CDTM ships with the DT3162 frame grabber, which includes WDM device drivers, documentation and powerful tools to set up the DT3162 frame grabber, develop imaging applications and integrate the frame grabber into existing applications. Data Translation’s technical support is available 24x7 via Data Translation’s website at

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