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EFI Fiery X3e Embedded Controller Now Available for Sharp AR-651 and AR-810

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Dec. 18, 2002--Electronics For Imaging, the world leader in software and hardware imaging solutions for network printing, announced the availability of the Fiery X3e controller for Sharp's new line of high volume black-and-white digital copiers/printers. The Fiery X3e embedded print controller brings outstanding speed, network connectivity and document control to Sharp's AR-651 and AR-810 IMAGER 65-ppm and 81-ppm engines for fast-paced corporate environments. The controller also integrates EFI's PrintMe mobile printing solution. The EFI designed controller and proprietary chipset offering enables Sharp to deliver Fiery X3e performance to its customers at a lower overall cost. EFI's Fiery X3e features the latest versions of EFI's renowned productivity-enhancing tools for centralized print job management. Mobile and Internet printing capabilities are also included via EFI's integrated PrintMe technology, enabling individuals to print documents from any mobile device to any PrintMe-enabled AR-651 or AR-810 engine without requiring software or driver installation. "EFI's Fiery X3e architecture offers the flexibility to deliver optimum performance to the AR-651 and AR-810 engines," said Michael Marusic, associate vice president, Sharp Network Office Systems Group (NOSG) Marketing & Solution Sales. "We are excited to include PrintMe's remote printing technology to meet the needs of today's on the go business professionals by providing easy access to printing from their mobile devices." The controller comes standard with Fiery NetWise for seamless connectivity to all popular network platforms and offers PCL6 support. Optional controller features for Sharp's AR-651 and AR-810 engines include Adobe PostScript 3, a 10 GB hard drive and a variety of workflow enhancement and management software features such as Scan-to-FTP and Scan-to-email, IPP support, and Fiery WebTools for job management. "We are pleased that Sharp has chosen EFI's Fiery X3e technology to deliver powerful speed and performance capabilities to its AR-651 and AR-810 engines," said Jim Kano, Senior Director of Worldwide OEM Sales, EFI. "The addition of PrintMe's anytime, anywhere printing technology in this powerful Fiery controller offers another compelling feature for corporate customers to choose Sharp's Advanced Digital Document Systems." Availability Sharp's AR-651 and AR-810 IMAGER Advanced Digital Document Systems are now available through Sharp's authorized network of nationwide dealers. For more information contact Sharp Electronics Corporation at 800/BE-SHARP (800/237-4277) or visit Sharp's website at www.sharpusa.com.