Harlequin(R), a Global Graphics(R) Subsidiary, Signs Major Deal with Embedded Controller Manufacturer Destiny Technology Corporation

Seybold Seminars

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Harlequin

    BOSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --Harlequin, a subsidiary of Global Graphics
 (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR) announced today that it has reached an agreement with
 Destiny Technology Corporation of Taiwan to embed Harlequin's RIP (Raster
 Image Processor) and PDF technology on Destiny's proprietary embedded
 controllers.  Under the agreement Destiny will embed Harlequin's products onto
 its current range of controller platforms for existing and potential customers
 who are predominantly in Japan and the rest of Asia.
     The deal will enable digital printing equipment manufacturers to shorten
 their development cycles for low to mid range monochromatic and color copiers,
 printers and digital printing systems.  The two companies expect to release
 additional products later in the year.
     Destiny is already a leading player in the office digital printing market
 and is experienced in producing color imaging hardware, firmware and software
 solutions for original equipment manufacturers.  The company has a software
 center in China and has access to quality board manufacturing facilities in
     "We are consolidating our effort to increase our share of the middle-
 market by embedding technology directly onto imaging peripherals," says James
 Freidah, chief operations officer, Global Graphic's Printing Software
 Division. "Destiny is committed to providing innovative and cost effective
 solutions to the office digital printing market.  They bring an additional
 level of expertise, support and experience in embedded software and hardware
 and ASIC design, and together, we can offer a unique combination package."
     "We are pleased to leverage Harlequin's RIP expertise on PostScript(R) and
 PDF," says Paul Yin, President of Destiny Technology Corporation, "to expand
 offering to our customers.  This joint-marketing approach demonstrates
 Destiny's competitiveness in integrating technology elements from various
 sources to create innovative solutions to the OEM market."
     The embedded RIP/PDF solution is based on Harlequin's well-known, high-
 performance Jaws(R) PostScript Language Level III compatible interpreter.
 Designed to support a wide range of system architectures and operating
 systems, the Jaws RIP offers a compact and highly efficient 'kernel'
 interpreter. Its sophisticated graphics, color handling routines and its
 support for multiple input formats make the Jaws RIP an ideal solution for
 embedded controllers for both monochrome and color printers, copiers and other
 peripherals. Initially, the Jaws product will be provided on Destiny's
 embedded controllers running VxWorks(R).
     The Jaws interpreter provides support for a number of page description
 languages, including PostScript, and native interpretation of PDF files
 (without first converting the data to PostScript ). This offers the unique
 solution for embedded controllers to take PDF files and drive a printer or
 output device. Harlequin and Destiny will provide open solutions customized to
 each OEM's requirements, depending on their specific needs.
     The Jaws RIP provides almost unlimited flexibility for OEMs and users
 through its device class interfaces. In addition, the Jaws product provides
 support for a wide range of output devices, including rendering architecture,
 output format, and resolution and handshake requirements, which can be easily
 customized for an OEM's specific needs, devices and markets.
     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 (Nasdaq Europe: 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. Global Graphics is a trademark of
 Global Graphics S.A. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
 PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be
 registered in certain jurisdictions.  VxWorks is a registered trademark of
 Wind River Systems Inc.  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 Destiny
     Destiny Technology Corporation is a 240-employee Taiwan-based company that
 specializes in embedded technology integration.  It is a leading player that
 offers monochrome and color solutions to the document imaging industry.  Since
 its inception in 1986, it has accumulated many patented technologies in image
 processing and image enhancement.  In order to offer advanced technology
 solutions to its OEM customers, it has developed a series of ASIC and software
 (printing language and utility) to be used as platform for embedded solutions.
 It enjoys a solid customer base comprising world-class brands in printer,
 copier, fax, and scanner.  Furthermore, its strategic alliance with several
 document-imaging software suppliers makes it possible to offer quick and
 competitive solution combinations to the OEM market.  Destiny also has a
 software center in Beijing, China, a customer support center in Tokyo, Japan,
 and a marketing and sales office in California, USA.
     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.
      John Hebert
      Hebert Communications
      Tel: +1 617 232 1161
      E-mail: john@hebertcomms.com
      Jill Taylor
      Global Graphics
      Tel: +44 1223 873874
      E-mail: jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com
      Paul Yin
      President, Destiny Technology Corporation
      Tel: 886-2-2655-2288 ext. 162
      E-mail: paulyin@tpe.destiny.com.tw

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