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EFI Servers to Power Canon CLC 5000+ and 3900+

Press release from the issuing company

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--March 20, 2003--Electronics For Imaging the world leader in imaging solutions for network printing, and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc., today announced the availability of the ColorPASS-Z5100 and Z4600 servers for Canon's CLC 5000+ and CLC 3900+ 50/39 page-per-minute* color printers/copiers. These new servers feature EFI's industry-leading Fiery Z18 and Fiery Z9 server technology and the latest Fiery System 5 software, delivering powerful productivity and workflow solutions to Canon customers. "We are pleased to incorporate EFI's latest productivity-enhancing software tools with our new ColorPASS server products," said Mark Suzuki, director and assistant general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Graphic Arts Systems Division. "From precise color control to printing variable data, these ColorPASS servers deliver the quality, speed and performance necessary to meet our customers' most demanding printing requirements." The ColorPASS-Z5100 and Z4600 servers drive the CLC 5000+ and CLC 3900+ engines at top rated speeds and offer the latest software technologies from EFI, including EFI Command WorkStation 4 for easy, centralized print job management, Fiery ColorWise 3 in-RIP color management system for consistently accurate color output across platforms and applications, and Fiery DocBuilder Pro 2.0 for full document imposition. Fiery NetWise for seamless connectivity to all popular network platforms and Fiery Scan for easy network and distribution scanning capabilities are also included. Powerful Variable Data Printing In addition, the powerful ColorPASS-Z5100 offers an ideal platform for full-speed variable data printing. Its open Fiery server architecture is compatible with the most extensive range of VDP languages available -- including the industry standard PPML and other proprietary languages -- making it the fastest and most flexible platform on the market. Fiery FreeForm technology is also available for a complete VDP workflow. Professional Graphic Arts Tools An optional suite of specialized tools for graphic arts professionals, the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, is also available for the ColorPASS-Z5100. Designed to streamline workflow and increase productivity, this comprehensive suite enables users to achieve consistently accurate color and print quality, simulate the characteristics of other output processes, and stay true to industry standards. "EFI is delighted to team with Canon once again to deliver state of the art solutions to their customers," said Bernie Lepore, director of Sales for EFI. "EFI's Fiery System 5 software and Canon's quality copier/printer technology create a best of breed solution for a complete digital printing workflow." The 50/39 page-per-minute CLC 5000+/CLC 3900+ color copier/printers come standard with a 4000-sheet paper cassette or 2000-sheet user adjustable oversize paper deck with an output stacking tray capable of holding up to 2500 sheets. The CLC 3900+ and 5000+ are both distinguished from the models they replace by incorporating greater media handling capability. Both models can now auto duplex 60 lb. Cover/90 lb. Index (163 gsm) media from their paper decks. Using a combination of four drum technology and Canon's exclusive Finer Brighter (FB) toner and Automatic Image Refinement, the CLC 3900+ and 5000+ have print resolution equivalents of up to 800 x 400 dots-per-inch (dpi) and maximum recommended monthly volumes of 150,000 and 200,000 letter-size impressions, respectively. Both devices are suited for production use in print-for-pay, corporate and graphics central reprographics departments, as well as service bureaus. Availability The ColorPASS-Z5100, ColorPASS 4600 and the CLC 5000+/CLC3900+ color printer/copiers are currently available through all authorized Canon U.S.A. dealers and Canon Business Solutions locations. The ColorPASS-Z4600 has a suggested retail price of $36,500. The ColorPASS-Z5100 has a suggested retail price of $49,100. The base suggested retail prices of the CLC 3900+ and 5000+ are $54,990 and $89,500, respectively.