Harlequin, a Global Graphics Subsidiary, and Motorola Computer Group Form Strategic Alliance to Provide Embedded Digital Solutions
NEW YORK; ON DEMAND DIGITAL PRINTING & PUBLISHING CONFERENCE AND EXPO;
Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin, a subsidiary of Global Graphics (Easdaq: GLGR) announced today that it is teaming with the Motorola Computer Group (NYSE: MOT), the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to combine Harlequin's RIP (Raster Image Processor) technology on Motorola's boards to provide high- end embedded RIP solutions for digital printing, imaging devices and imaging applications. Digital printing equipment manufacturers will be able to shorten their development cycles and time-to-market by incorporating off-the-shelf embedded RIP solutions from Motorola and Harlequin. These solutions are targeted at mid-range to high-end multi-function peripherals, copiers, and printers, large format printers, digital printing systems, and digital servers. The embedded RIP is based on Harlequin's well-known high-performance Jaws PostScript(R) Language Level III compatible interpreter. Designed to support a wide range of system architectures and operating systems, the Jaws(TM) RIP offers a compact and highly efficient 'kernel' interpreter. Its sophisticated graphics and color handling routines and its support for the multiple input formats make the Jaws RIP an ideal solution for embedded controllers for both monochrome and color printers and peripherals. The Jaws product will initially be provided on Motorola's PowerPC(R) processor boards running VxWorks(R). Harlequin is currently in beta testing with the first version of the RIP on Motorola's MTX product, a PowerPC-based ATX form factor motherboard, and expects to release product in the summer. Later this year, the two companies expect to release additional product that will continue broadening the strategy to include Harlequin distributed software-based technology, both inside and outside the Motorola board, providing workstation technology that works hand-in-hand with embedded technology. The Jaws interpreter provides support for a number of page description languages, including PostScript, PCL and native interpretation of PDF files (without first converting the data to PostScript). This offers the unique solution for embedded controllers to directly take PDF files and drive a printer or output device. Unlike other embedded RIPs currently on the market, Harlequin and Motorola will provide open solutions that will allow OEMs to select appropriate components and options depending on their specific needs. The Jaws interpreter provides almost unlimited flexibility for its OEMs and users through its unique device class interfaces. In addition, the Jaws product provides support for output devices, including rendering architecture, output format, and resolution and handshake requirements, which can be easily customized for a users specific needs, devices and markets. "This announcement is a clear indication that Harlequin is driving its strategy to increase its share of the substantial middle market by embedding its technology directly onto desktop peripherals," says James Freidah, Chief Operating Officer, Global Graphics' Printing Software Division. "We believe Motorola is committed to providing solutions to the imaging market. They bring a high level of expertise, support and experience in embedded hardware solutions and together, we truly form a 'best of breed' alliance." "In today's rapidly growing digital market, OEMs are challenged with finding ways to bring their products to market faster," said Dave Barker, marketing manager, digital printing and imaging segment, Motorola Computer Group. "Together with Harlequin we are providing solutions that enable our customers to focus on their core competencies and as a result we are helping them meet their time-to-market and life-cycle requirements." The Motorola Computer Group is well known as an OEM supplier of long-life PowerPC and Intel architecture based products from processor boards to complete OEM solutions. Working with industry leading partners like Harlequin, the Motorola Computer Group is bringing creative new solutions to these markets. By integrating standards based hardware and software components, the Motorola Computer Group can provide customizable building blocks to its customers that reduce their time to-market and total cost of ownership. About Harlequin: Harlequin is recognized internationally as a leading supplier of open systems-based software for digital printing and publishing applications. A subsidiary of Global Graphics (Easdaq: GLGR), a leading worldwide supplier of printing, electronic document and workflow software and pre-press hardware, Harlequin has grown into a global software company with world-class expertise in high quality digital printing and publishing, Web-based, corporate, and embedded publishing applications. Harlequin is a registered trademark of Harlequin Limited. Jaws is a registered trademark of Jaws System Limited. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners. Global Graphics makes no warranty and accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of information or particulars in this document. About Motorola Motorola Computer Group (MCG) is the world's leading supplier of business- to-business embedded computing platforms for use in telecommunications, network storage, imaging, medical equipment, and semiconductor production and test equipment applications. It offers design, manufacturing, and systems integration capabilities, as well as a broad range of services and training. MCG is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). IESS provides the DigtalDNA(TM) technology that helps make its customers' products smarter, safer, simpler and more synchronized. www.motorola.com. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. www.motorola.com. Motorola and the stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc. PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation and is used by Motorola, Inc. under license from International Business Machines Corporation. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. (R)Reg. U.S. Pat & Tm. Off. This press release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include statements regarding the Company's growth and expansion plans. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.RELATED LINKS
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