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Canon First to Demonstrate Integrated EFI PrintMe Technology

Press release from the issuing company

New Mobile Printing Solution Shown with Canon's Color imageRUNNER C2058 NEW YORK--April 23, 2002--Electronics For Imaging, the world leader in software and hardware imaging solutions for network printing, and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. and leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a technology demonstration of EFI's PrintMe Networks integrated with Canon's new Color imageRUNNER C2058 office color printer. The Canon device is also driven by EFI's Fiery x3e controller. Canon is showing this new mobile printing technology at their Digital Solution Forum taking place at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center April 23 - 25. EFI's breakthrough mobile printing technology allows people to print documents from any mobile device to any PrintMe-enabled printer without requiring cables, drivers, software or complex setup. Canon is the first printer manufacturer to show an integrated version of this new technology which otherwise requires a PrintMe Station to be attached externally. "Today, millions of people work from remote locations but printing is the one thing they can't do away from the office. PrintMe changes all that," said Ofer Tenenbaum, general manager of EFI's PrintMe Networks. "We are very excited to work with Canon to integrate our breakthrough PrintMe technology into their printing devices as we share a long history of collaborating on innovative printing solutions. This demonstration of an integrated PrintMe system is a significant step forward in fulfilling our vision of a world in which people can easily print anytime and anywhere." "We are proud that we have been able to move so quickly to incorporate this revolutionary new remote printing technology into our office products," said Mason Olds, director and general manager, Graphic Systems Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Our Color imageRUNNER C2058 is a great new solution for office and work group environments and with PrintMe functionality we can also serve an increasingly mobile workforce who wants instant access to printing without the hassles of hookups and IT support." The high-speed Color imageRUNNER C2058 is a robust, 21 page-per-minute (ppm) color, 28 ppm in black-and-white copier/printer with easy-to-use color copying, network printing, and finishing options for color office/workgroup printing environments. EFI's acclaimed Fiery X3e architecture is embedded to maximize productivity, speed and color quality and now, with PrintMe functionality added, will also enable remote printing from mobile devices directly to the C2058 without adding any drivers to these devices. "Forty- eight percent of handheld computer owners and 32% of cell phone owners would like to print directly from their devices. As e-mail becomes more pervasive on handheld devices, the interest in printing will increase," according to Alyson Frasco, director of Worldwide Print Technologies and Output Research at IDC."