View Full Version : Odd ISA card from my Compaq

March 29th, 2006, 02:30 PM
I just opened up my Compaq portable, and found an strange looking ISA card. Its from a company called Data Translation, Model DT5712-PGL
It plugs into an 8-bit ISA slot, and has a 50 pin ribbon cable connector on the backplate. There is a large box in the middle. When I first saw it, I thought it was a hard drive card. The box has a curcuit diagram on it, including a "16 channel multiplexer & differential", a "percision gain resistor network", and an "Analog/digital converter".

Any ideas on what this is? Apparently the company still exists, but no longer support it

March 29th, 2006, 02:38 PM
With the Resisitor networks and A/D converter, it sounds like it was a controller for something. Like a motor or robotic arm.

That was just a guess, but thats what it sounds like to me....


March 29th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Someone else will probably give a more concise explanation, but it sounds like data collection device. In other words, analog data from some sort of scientific instrument could be converted to digital data for use by software. For example, temperature, motor position, industrial process control, etc.


March 29th, 2006, 02:51 PM
where is the model # wrote

March 29th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Its on the large module which has the diagram on it