Harlequin(R) Demonstrates Embedded RIP Technology Developed with Motorola

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Harlequin

    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
     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
     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
     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
     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.
     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.
      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
      Shannon Reid
      Motorola Computer Group
      Phone: 602 437 6701
      E-mail: shannon.reid@motorola.com

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