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Next-Generation Embedded EFI Fiery Technology Drives New Konica Minolta bizhub MFP

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif. & RAMSEY, N.J.--Aug. 3, 2005-- EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the availability of the IC-402 Image Controller, embedded Fiery technology for the new bizhub C351, a 35 page-per-minute (ppm) color printer/scanner/copier/fax (MFP). The EFI IC-402 equips 'power' PDF and Microsoft Office (particularly PowerPoint) users with productivity features to greatly improve business efficiency while its innovative color capabilities make the IC-402 ideal for graphics-intensive, creative environments. The bizhub C351 is the most recent addition to the Konica Minolta line of Fiery-driven MFPs. Also currently available to optimize the successful bizhub C450, Konica Minolta's 45 ppm MFP, IC-402 Fiery system technology enables the bizhub solutions to deliver high image quality, authentic Postscript, exceptional reliability and enhanced security -- at maximum speed, even for the most complex color documents. "EFI's Fiery technology adds another highly valuable dimension to our feature-rich office MFPs. With the Fiery IC-402, we are able to offer our customers a top-of-the-line printing solution with incredibly high productivity and advanced graphics feature sets at an attractive price," said Kevin Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Our customers have been exceedingly pleased with the Fiery-driven bizhub C450, and the new Fiery-driven C351 rounds out the bizhub color product line with another option for those looking for a high-performance, high-value office MFP that will easily integrate into their existing system infrastructure." Feature highlights of the IC-402 Fiery system software for the bizhub C351 include: Best in Class Productivity -- New Fiery intelligent processing software accelerates the processing of documents and ensures the fastest printing possible on Postscript, PDF, MS Office (particularly PowerPoint) and other large, color image files. Fiery technology virtually eliminates waiting time at the printer -- even when printing at very high resolutions and on a wide range of media. Additional Fiery productivity enhancement tools include: Fiery WebTools(TM), a convenient remote configuration, setup and management tool for easily downloading and scanning jobs; Fiery NetWise(TM) for seamless connectivity to all popular network platforms; Fiery FreeForm(TM) for basic variable data printing. Authentic Adobe PostScript -- In addition to PCL (Printer Command Language), the embedded Fiery controller includes an EFI/Adobe co-developed PostScript interpreter that processes (RIPs) the print job. Fiery office accelerator technology enables the printing of Adobe PostScript 3(TM) and native PDF files with a level of accuracy and color rendering that emulators cannot achieve. Improved Security -- To secure information, Fiery system software provides formidable digital solutions. Fiery security features for the bizhub C351 include: Secure Erase Option to remove all traces of job data from the Fiery hard disk drive; IP Filtering to control access to the printing device; and Port Blocking to control access to the Fiery through remote management. Best Color Quality "Out of the Box" -- Fiery ColorWise offers built-in intelligence for producing consistently precise hues from all applications, platforms and file formats. Advanced functionality includes auto trapping for optimized color when layering graphics and standard Spot-On color matching technology for accuracy, supporting corporate-branded colors. Fiery Command WorkStation, also available for customers using the Macintosh operating system, sets the standard in centralized print job management with an intuitive interface and a variety of sophisticated, productivity-enhancing tools. Command WorkStation has the flexibility to be run on multiple client stations as well as locally when equipped with the optional Fiery Advanced Controller Interface kit. "When customers opt for the IC-402 controller, Fiery system software for the Konica Minolta bizhub C351 and the bizhub C450, they are choosing a solution that will save them time and money as they produce outstanding prints," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "The powerful Fiery tools make the IC 402-driven bizhub MFPs an ideal choice in office as well as graphics-intensive environments seeking to create high quality, color documents, from simple to complex, at high speed. We are pleased to add these customers to the 12 million EFI Fiery users around the world who make Fiery the industry's print server of choice." Availability The bizhub C351 and bizhub C450 are now available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.