Data Translation Announces Camera Link PCI Frame Grabber At Vision Show West

11/5/2002 - Data Translation, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high-performance data acquisition, imaging and machine vision products, announced the DT3145 Camera Link PCI Frame Grabber. The DT3145 is a high-performance, high-speed digital image acquisition board, based on the Camera Link standard. Its high-performance image capture capability combined with simple cable interfacing makes it an ideal solution for high-resolution scientific imaging, general-purpose image processing, and machine vision applications. Data Translation will demonstrate the DT3145 frame grabber in booth #517 from November 19-21 at the Vision Show West exhibition and conference in Santa Clara, California.

Camera Link is a high-speed serial data interface, developed by a consortium of camera and frame grabber companies, including Data Translation, that provides a convenient, single cable interconnect standard between digital cameras and image acquisition boards. Because Camera Link is a universal interface, users can interchange different Camera Link digital cameras using the same standard Camera Link cable with the DT3145 frame grabber.

Fred Molinari, president, founder and CEO of Data Translation said, "Today's announcement will accelerate market acceptance of the Camera Link standard. By providing OEMs with a base configuration and standard interface, they will develop applications that meet the major requirements of the machine vision industry."

The DT3145 frame grabber is a base Camera Link configuration and includes the following key features:

The DT3145 frame grabber is compatible with DT Vision Foundry , Data Translation's powerful machine vision application software package, enabling both programmers and non-programmers to quickly implement custom machine vision solutions. The DT3145 can also be used with Data Translation's GLOBAL LAB® Image/2 for scientific imaging. GLOBAL LAB Image/2 is a complete, customizable software package, ideal for scientific and general-purpose imaging applications requiring measuring, classification, counting, and other measurements.

Real-World Applications at Vision Show West
Data Translation will also exhibit applications demonstrating the company's expertise in machine vision. Applications engineers will also offer "live" proof-of-concept tests in booth #517 - attendees are encouraged to bring sample parts for testing.

One application will focus on PCB inspection, using the company's DT3162 all-purpose variable-scan frame grabber in asynchronous reset mode and a progressive scan camera. The camera will capture images and send them to the frame grabber that inspects missing components against a golden standard. The second application will read 2D Matrix symbols using the DT3145 Camera Link PCI Frame Grabber in asynchronous reset mode and a digital camera.

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements
The DT3145 Camera Link PCI Frame Grabber is priced at $995 and is available for immediate order. Standard Camera Link cables are available. The board requires a Pentium III class processor, a 32-bit/33MHz PCI bus and supporting BIOS, one available PCI bus slot, Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP, a minimum of 256 MB system RAM, CD-ROM drive for software installation and a graphics controller with DirectX driver.

Data Translation's Imaging Omni CD ships with the DT3145 frame grabber, which includes an evaluation of DT Vision Foundry, WDM device drivers, an ActiveX control, documentation and powerful tools to set up the DT3145 frame grabber, develop imaging applications and integrate the frame grabber into existing applications. Data Translation provides complete technical support for all its products.

About Vision Show West
The Vision Show West is North America's largest showcase of machine vision components, systems and solutions. Accompanied by an in-depth technical conference, the show focuses on practical, real world solutions for successfully applying machine vision technology. The Vision Show West is sponsored by the Automated Imaging Association.

About Data Translation
Data Translation, Inc. [NASDAQ: DATX] is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high performance data acquisition, imaging, machine vision, and digital video hardware and software systems. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Marlboro, Mass., the ISO 9001-certified company has a worldwide presence, with distribution in more than 40 countries and subsidiaries in Germany and the UK. A commitment to open systems and total quality solutions is the hallmark of Data Translation.

Imaging Omni CD and DT Measure Foundry are trademarks and Data Translation, DT Vision Foundry and GLOBAL LAB Image/2 are registered trademarks of Data Translation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. Camera Link is a trademark of the Automated Imaging Association.

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