Harlequin(R), a Global Graphics(R) Subsidiary, Signs Major Deal with Embedded Controller Manufacturer Destiny Technology Corporation
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 China. "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. Contact John Hebert Hebert Communications Tel: +1 617 232 1161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jill Taylor Global Graphics Tel: +44 1223 873874 E-mail: email@example.com Paul Yin President, Destiny Technology Corporation Tel: 886-2-2655-2288 ext. 162 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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