FIRST MEMJET PRINTERS NOW EXPECTED BY 2009

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FIRST MEMJET PRINTERS NOW EXPECTED BY 2009

 user 2008-08-01 at 2:40:41 pm Views: 61
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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2326938,00.asp
    First Memjet Printers Now Expected by 2009
    Silverbrook’s
    60-pages-per-minute printer shocked the technology industry in March of
    2007, when the startup disclosed its innovative inkjet technology. Soon
    after, the company started talking about releasing 360-pages-per-minute
    technology in the future.Silverbrook’s technology (which will be
    commercialized under the business name Memjet) was supposed to be
    released in early 2008, according to what company executives told me
    then. Now, a company spokeswoman says that the “A4/letter printhead and
    related components” will be shipped to OEMs by the end of this year,
    with products slated for sometime in 2009. This is consistent with
    “early timetables,” according to the spokeswoman.

    Memjet isn’t
    going to manufacture the printers themselves. Instead, they’re going to
    sell the components to OEMs, who can put their own stamp on the
    technology.Delays associated with new technology are nothing new.
    Still, in 2007, Memjet officials promised: a photo printer, which the
    company hoped to sell for less than $150 by the end of the year or
    early 2008; the 8.5-inch x 11-inch (A4) color inkjet, due to arrive at
    the end of 2008 for under $200; a label printer; and a large-format
    photo printer, expected to cost about $5,000, and capable of printing
    poster-sized prints at rapid speed.The Memjet technology uses a series
    of individual MEMS-based inkjet nozzles, fabricated using conventional
    semiconductor manufacturing techniques. Each chip measures 20
    millimeters across and contains 6,400 nozzles, with five color
    channels, the company said. A separate driver chip calculates 900
    million picoliter-sized drops per second. For a standard A4 letter
    printer, the result is a total of 70,400 nozzles.However, the Memjet
    spokeswoman said that the company’s technology is still being shown off
    to potential customers. “The company has been doing demonstrations for
    business partners and potential partners for many months, including
    demonstrations at DRUPA last month.” DRUPA is billed as the “largest
    printing equipment.