Data Translation Goes Sleek with DSP Data Acquisition Board

6/25/2003 - Data Translation,® Inc. announced the Sleek BoxTM version of its award-winning DT9841 Fulcrum® II Series DSP data acquisition board. The Sleek Box is a metal enclosure that comes with built-in user connections, a power supply and cable, a USB 2.0 cable, host software and documentation so that users can quickly and easily create applications targeted at vibration systems, acoustic measurements and in-house testing.

The Sleek Box houses the DT9841 module, which is an intelligent data acquisition system for processing measurements that require the highest performance in real-time. Its metal shielded enclosure is designed with EMI protection to preserve high-accuracy signal measurement. BNC or D-Sub connectors provide access via the front panel to all measurement I/O functions. A direct connection to the host PCI via USB 2.0 is located at the rear while power, clock and trigger are available on the front. The entry to the JTAG port is easily accessible via the removable side panel.

The software for the Sleek Box lets users install and configure the DT9841 data acquisition module from the host and provides tools for downloading and executing DSP programs. It also includes an API for writing host programs to communicate with running DSP programs and an API for building utilities, diagnostics, etc., along with sample programs that use the two APIs.

Fred Molinari, president, founder and CEO of Data Translation said, “Today’s announcement provides users with a development environment for real-time embedded DSP acquisition. They can also easily order the DT9841 data acquisition system that includes the necessary accessories and software in one unit to realize both a time savings in delivery as well as reduced time-to-market to satisfy their customer’s measurement needs.”

Users will require Texas Instruments’ Code Composer StudioTM Integrated Development Environment 2.2 software and a host compiler (Microsoft® Visual Studio® 6.0 or higher). The company also announced the shipment of the DT9841 DSP data acquisition board, named EDN 2002 Innovation of the Year Winner in the Computers, Boards and Buses category.

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements
The Sleek Box is priced at $4995 and comes in two memory configurations:

DT9841-64/2 (a DT9841 USB function module with 64MB of on-board SDRAM and 2MB of Flash) and the DT9841-128 (a DT9841 USB function module with 128MB of on-board memory). Each includes: the DT9841 module, a 5V, 6A, galvanically isolated power supply, a power cable, a USB 2.0 cable, device drivers for Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP, DSP library, host communication library, example programs, and comprehensive manuals in PDF format. Requirements include: a PC with Pentium® 233 Mhz processor minimum, 64 MB minimum of RAM (128 MB or higher recommended), Windows 2000 or XP, USB ports - one or more (version 1.1 or 2.0), Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor and one or more CD-ROM drives.

The DT9841 Fulcrum II Series DSP data acquisition board costs $3995 and comes in two memory configurations: the DT9841-128 with 128MB of SDRAM and the DT9841-64/2 with 64MB of SDRAM and 2MB of Flash.

Both the Sleek Box and DT9841 are available for immediate order.

Data Translation provides complete technical support for all its products. Support is also available 24x7 via Data Translation’s website at

About Data Translation
Data Translation is an ISO 9001-certified supplier to the data acquisition, imaging and machine vision markets with expertise in the design of high-accuracy, high-quality and reliable analog-to-digital products. The company partners with its end user and OEM customers to help them achieve real-time measurement and image acquisition. With thirty years experience, customers have come to rely on Data Translation because of its design proficiency, world-class manufacturing and well-respected customer service. Headquartered in Marlboro, Mass., Data Translation has a worldwide presence, with distribution in more than 40 countries and subsidiaries in Germany and the UK. For more information, visit

Data Translation and Fulcrum are registered trademarks and Sleek Box is a trademark of Data Translation. Windows, Microsoft and Visual Studio are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation and Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment is a trademark of Texas Instruments.

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