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Global Graphics Provides RIP Technology for New Models of KonicaMinolta Digital MFNs

Press release from the issuing company

CAMBRIDGE, U.K., Feb. 3 -- Global Graphics Software, a subsidiary of Global Graphics S. A. and a leading worldwide developer of printing and publishing software, announced today that it has licensed its Jaws RIP technology as part of KonicaMinolta's new Pi3505e/PS embedded controller board. The Jaws RIP provides PostScript and direct PDF print capabilities to a family of four monochrome multi-function printer/copiers recently announced by KonicaMinolta that will ship with the Global Graphics software from the first quarter 2004. The DiALTA Di2010, Di2510, Di3010, and Di3510 series of distributed digital devices can print 20 - 35 pages per minute according to their model names, as well as provide advanced copy, scan, and fax capabilities. Global Graphics has strategically positioned itself as an OEM technology provider and engineering partner to equipment manufacturers in the fast growing digital copier and printer market. Today's announcement represents the result of over 18 months engineering effort to optimize the Jaws RIP to operate in the embedded environment specifically for this market. The deal with KonicaMinolta is a significant and important OEM licensing contract as a result of Global Graphics' strategy. Jim Freidah, Global Graphics Software's chief operating officer comments, "Today's announcement is a milestone in our approach to the distributed digital print market. The Jaws RIP is a high-performance kernel interpreter with a small footprint that makes it ideal for embedding onto controller boards. By using our technology a manufacturer can accelerate his time to market and save engineering expenses through the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective solutions in a price sensitive market. "Our relationship with KonicaMinolta represents a major addition to our fast growing OEM customer base in Japan and Asia. In support of our strategy to develop relationships with printer and copier manufacturers in this region, last year Global Graphics established a registered company (Kabushiki Kaisha or KK) in Japan." Global Graphics' expertise in the high end and print on demand segment of the commercial printing market combined with its broad spread of RIP and PDF technologies place the company in a strong position to take advantage of the anticipated growth in the production and distributed digital print market.