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EFI Brings Fiery Power to the Ground-Breaking Konica Minolta bizhub C350

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--April 22, 2004-- EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the availability of the Fiery X3e+(TM) controller for the new Konica Minolta bizhub(TM) C350 Color Printer/Copier/Scanner -- 22 page-per-minute color and 35 page-per-minute black & white Multi Function Printer (MFP). Offered as the optional IC-401 Image Controller by Konica Minolta, the Fiery X3e+ embedded print controller brings high performance, outstanding speed, network connectivity and document control to the bizhub C350 for fast-paced, graphic-intense corporate environments. The Fiery X3e+ enables Konica Minolta to deliver Fiery power and performance to its customers at a lower overall cost. The X3e+ features the latest versions of EFI's award winning System Software, which includes productivity-enhancing tools such as Command WorkStation(TM) for efficient management and manipulation of jobs. "We are offering EFI's Fiery X3e+ architecture as an option due to its flexibility and ability to deliver optimum color performance to the new, innovative bizhub C350," said William H. Brewster, Jr., vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "We are pleased to offer our customers a cost saving, best-of-breed, multi-function solution that enables corporate end-users to create, print, scan and manage high-quality images and allows them to achieve cost-effective color on demand." The X3e+ controller comes loaded with color management and workflow features, including: ColorWise for consistent, "out-of-the-box" color output Fiery NetWise(TM) for seamless connectivity to all popular network platforms True Adobe PostScript 3 and PCL6 support Fiery WebTools(TM) for easy remote job management Fiery Freeform(TM) for flexible variable data printing capabilities Optional DocBuilder Pro(TM) for editing and assembling documents before RIPping the files Optional Hot Folders for automated batch processing of PostScript and PDF files Optional Spot-On(TM) for accurate matching of spot colors such as logos Optional Automatic Trapping for more accurate printing Optional EFI Color Profiler Kit(TM) - a color measurement solution that enables the creation of ICC profiles with CMYK digital printers "We are proud that Konica Minolta has chosen EFI's Fiery X3e+ technology to deliver powerful speed and performance capabilities to its bizhub C350 color MFP," said Jim Kano, EFI VP of Worldwide OEM Sales, EFI. "EFI's robust X3e+ controller combined with the Konica Minolta bizhub C350 gives creative and corporate professionals an easy to use, flexible solution that delivers high performance color output for a variety of graphic intensive documents." Availability The bizhub C350 is available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels. For more information, contact Konica Minolta at www.konicaminolta.us.