2/5/2004 - In a major engineering project with KonicaMinolta and controller board manufacturer Destiny, Global Graphics Software, a subsidiary of Global Graphics S. A. (Euronext: GLOG) and a leading worldwide developer of printing and publishing software, has provided the PostScript® interpretation and direct PDF print capabilities for a family of four new monochrome multi-function printer/copier (MFP) devices recently introduced by KonicaMinolta. The new models will ship with the Global Graphics software from the first quarter 2004.
The PostScript Language Level 3 and PDF 1.4 compatible Jaws RIP has been optimized by Global Graphics into the new Pi3505e/PS embedded controller board option for the KonicaMinolta DiALTA Di2010, Di2510, Di3010, and Di3510 series segment 2 (21 to 30 pages per minute) distributed digital devices. As their model names imply the new devices can print 20 to 35 pages per minute as networked office copier/printers as well as provide advanced copy, scan, and fax capabilities.
The news represents a significant milestone in Global Graphics strategy to position itself as an OEM technology provider and engineering partner in the fast growing digital copier and printer market. Here equipment manufacturers are seeking high-performance, quality output, speed and reliability in monochrome and color, which are characteristics on which Global Graphics has built its reputation in the high-end commercial print and print on demand sectors.
Global Graphics’ Jaws RIP has a highly developed and very flexible Application Programming Interface (API) which means that it can be readily integrated into any controller board environment. It also supports optimizations that enable it to operate more efficiently in a diskless and memory restricted environment, giving high performance PostScript and PDF job interpretation and rendering.
KonicaMinolta relied on Global Graphics’ expertise and experience in PostScript® and direct PDF interpretation for its latest product line because quality of output and high performance are key criteria. With time to market also being a critical factor, it needed a supplier, working alongside the controller designer, whose software could be easily integrated into the controller board environment. Destiny, a leading player in the office digital printing market and providers of proprietary controller platforms, provided the management software – Destiny Printing System (DPS) and the PCL interpreter.
Global Graphics allocated a dedicated development team to the 18-month project who worked closely with KonicaMinolta’s and Destiny’s own development teams.
Jim Freidah, Global Graphics’ Chief Operating Officer stated, “Today’s announcement is a strategic and technological milestone in Global Graphics’ approach to the distributed digital print market. Over the past 2 years our company has put considerable research and development effort into readying our technology and toolkits to meet the needs of this market. We are very pleased that today’s announcement shows the first true results of this effort.
“This project also represents the first tangible results of our technology partnership with Destiny.”
Small code footprint and efficient operation
The Jaws RIP has a high performance ‘kernel’ with a small code ‘footprint’ providing efficient, easy-to-use interfaces for integration into device controller boards and printer control system software. The Jaws kernel and its interface layer can be easily ported to any embedded operating systems and microprocessor environments.
The Global Graphics’ team developed a software layer around the Jaws kernel to interface with the Destiny Printing System (DPS). The kernel, interface layer and DPS are embedded on the Pi3505e/PS controller board. KonicaMinolta also asked Global Graphics to develop the PostScript Printer Description (PPD) for Windows and Mac platforms. The PPD is used to customize the Operating System PostScript drivers on the client computer to support specific printer related or print job specific feature selection, for example, paper tray and finishing options.
Native interpretation of PDF files
KonicaMinolta has anticipated the accelerating growth of direct PDF printing, where an end-user may want to send a PDF file from the Internet or an email attachment to the device, by making direct PDF interpretation part of the specification for the Pi3505e/PS controller board.
The Jaws RIP interprets and renders PDF input files natively without converting the file to PostScript before converting it to PDF. Direct PDF rendering means smaller files, faster processing and a unique capability for page-independent output. A KonicaMinolta Hard Disk Drive that communicates with the Jaws kernel handles PDF printing.
Growing customer base in Asia
Today’s announcement of Global Graphics’ relationship with KonicaMinolta represents a major addition to the Company’s fast growing OEM customer base in Japan and Asia. In support of its strategy to develop relationships with printer and copier manufacturers in this region, Global Graphics established a registered company (Kabushiki Kaisha or KK) in Japan last year, headed by Japanese national Yoshiyuki Hagiwara.
About Global Graphics Software
Global Graphics Software (www.globalgraphics.com) is a leading developer and supplier of sophisticated high performance RIPs, PDF document, workflow and color solutions mostly to a customer base of Original Equipment Manufacturers, system integrators and resellers. These partners include the world's leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, large-format color printers, color proofing systems, copiers and printers for the corporate and SOHO markets: www.globalgraphics.com/. It announced its technology agreement with the Destiny Technology Corporation of Taiwan in 2001.
About the Destiny Technology Corporation of Taiwan
Founded in 1986, Destiny Technology Corporation is a provider of imaging controllers to the digital document markets, which include manufacturers of color, monochrome, and multifunction office products and digital appliances. In order to process digital text and graphics, digital document products rely on a core set of imaging software and supporting electronics, collectively known as an imaging controller. Destiny's broad line of scalable software and silicon offerings enables its customers to shorten their time-to-market and reduce costs by offering unique solutions for multiple products. Destiny’s customer base includes companies such as KonicaMinolta, Mita, Muratec, Panasonic, Ricoh, Riso, Sharp and Toshiba-TEC. Destiny also maintains strategic partnerships with Agfa and WindRiver. Destiny’s headquarters office is located in Taipei, Taiwan, with an engineering development facility in Beijing, China, and sales offices in Tokyo, Japan and California, USA. For more information, visit the web site at www.destinyembedded.com/
Powered by Destiny proprietary PCL & Global Graphics PS3, the performance of Di-series with respect to the printer functionalities is able to compete with HP LJ4500 series.
For more information please visit www.konicaminolta.com
Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics S.A. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Jaws and the Jaws logo, are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
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