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IBM Unveils Color Emulation Feature For Powerful, High-Speed Printer

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

BOULDER, CO – May 9, 2006 – IBM announced today that an innovative AFP Color Emulation feature for its flagship Infoprint 4100 production printer is expected to be generally available beginning June 23, 2006. This component is designed to help clients preparing to migrate to high-speed color printing start their preparations today. It is also designed to allow print shops to send color output to both the web and a printer and to provide the flexibility for them to print in either high-quality monochrome or on a separate color device, depending on job requirements. The color emulation feature can enable clients to design applications using GIF, TIFF, JPEG, or FS45 color objects and print them on the Infoprint 4100 without first having to convert them to the IPDS format. Using IBM's innovative 256-level grayscale technology, this can help increase application versatility and reduce conversion cost, since one set of applications and resource libraries can be used for printing on both color and monochrome systems. In addition, the color emulation feature supports printing of FS11 check images commonly used in the financial services industry. “This is the latest example of how we're delivering on a solid roadmap to provide a cost-effective, full-color, high-speed solution for the printing of variable data,” said Karen Fukuma, vice president, production solutions, IBM Printing Systems. “Clients have told us they want the flexibility to print in color or monochrome, without sacrificing quality or sustaining high process costs.” POWER Technology Drives Color Emulation, Higher Speeds, Lower Costs Available on select models, the IBM Infoprint POWER controller represents the evolution of IBM's proven Advanced Function Common Control Unit architecture and facilitates the creation of this new color emulation feature. The workload for grayscaled color object support on the Infoprint 4100 is handled by multiple POWER5 processors, providing highly scalable processing capability. The 64-bit, multi-processing controller also enables the latest IBM Infoprint 4100 models to run up to IBM's highest-rated speed -- an 18 percent increase from the prior generation. Faster throughput allows customers to consolidate production printers to significantly reduce the total cost of print operations, increase printer utilization and improve overall throughput. Continued Enhancements to a Breakthrough Product Introduced in September 2005, the latest Infoprint 4100 high-speed, high-volume models extended the benchmark in printer performance, reliability, and productivity. They solidified IBM's production line as among the most powerful and efficient in the industry, delivering top quality at high speeds, while helping clients to lower their overall cost of printing. They were designed to extend IBM's leadership in advanced variable data printing, serving clients in a variety of industries including financial services, telecommunications, government and commercial printing. Providing the high levels of image and text quality traditionally available only from cutsheet solutions, the Infoprint 4100 includes technological advancements in the printhead, developer and fusing mechanisms, plus an integrated optical density feedback system for sharp, clear images and text, job after job. For more information on the general availability of the new color emulation feature for the IBM Infoprint 4100, contact an IBM sales representative or visit ibm.com/printers/4100.




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