Harlequin(R) Demonstrates Embedded RIP Technology Developed with Motorola
SEYBOLD SEMINARS, BOSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin, a subsidiary of Global Graphics(R) (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR) today unveiled the first demonstration of technology developed through its strategic alliance with Motorola Computer Group, business unit of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The goal of the strategic alliance, which was announced in late February at the On Demand Printing and Publishing Expo, is to help provide high-end embedded raster image processing (RIP) solutions for driving mid-range to high-end multi-function peripherals, copiers, and printers, large format printers, digital printing systems, and digital servers. The technology demonstration uses Harlequin embedded RIP technology running on a Motorola PowerPC(R) based MTX603 motherboard that converts PostScript (R) and PDF files to PCL format for printing on a Hewlett- Packard(R) LaserJet(R) 4050 printer. The embedded RIP is based on Harlequin's well-known high-performance Jaws(R) PostScript LanguageLevel 3 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 small footprint, sophisticated graphics, and color handling routines and support for multiple input formats make the Jaws RIP an ideal solution for embedded controllers for both monochrome and color printers and peripherals. Harlequin is currently beta testing the first version of the RIP on Motorola's MTX product, and expects to release product in the summer. Later this year, the two companies are planning to release additional hardware and software products that will enhance and broaden their embedded offerings. A key goal of the Motorola and Harlequin alliance is to help digital printing equipment manufacturers shorten their product development cycles and time-to-market by incorporating off-the-shelf embedded RIP solutions that combine speed and functionality. Unlike some other embedded RIPs currently on the market, Harlequin and Motorola will help provide open solutions that will allow OEMs to select appropriate standard hardware and software components and options depending on their specific needs. "This demonstration validates a primary goal of the strategic alliance between Harlequin and Motorola by showing that Harlequin RIP technology can be embedded quickly and easily on a Motorola PC board to offer speed and capability in driving an output device," said James Freidah, Chief Operating Officer, Global Graphics Printing Software Division. "We were impressed with how quickly Harlequin was able to get their software working on our MTX board to RIP files and drive a printer," said Dave Barker, marketing manager, digital printing and imaging segment, Motorola Computer Group. "This demonstration is further evidence of the steps we are taking together to help provide open and flexible embedded solutions. We're making a statement to OEMs that they can rely on Motorola and Harlequin to help deliver embedded RIP solutions for their future generations of equipment." The Motorola Computer Group is well known as an OEM supplier of long-life PowerPC and Intel(R) architecture based products from processor boards to complete OEM solutions. Working with industry leading partners like Harlequin, the Motorola Computer Group is introducing creative new solutions to the digital printing and imaging market. By integrating standards based hardware and software components, Motorola is capable of providing customizable building blocks to digital printing and imaging OEMs that are designed to 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 (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 trademark of Jaws System Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. 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. 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 DigitalDNA(R) technology that helps make its customers' products smarter, safer, simpler and more synchronized. www.motorola.com/computer. 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.. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. 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 Shannon Reid Motorola Computer Group Phone: 602 437 6701 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRELATED LINKS
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