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    MEMJET printers on the way
    printers capable of spitting out a colour page in a second are expected
    to be released around the world this year, made possible by technology
    developed by a research firm in Sydney.The new Memjet technology was
    developed by Silverbrook Research, based in Balmain.The research
    company has licensed the technology to Memjet Home and Office, which is
    working with printer manufacturers to integrate it into new printer
    models. A working prototype is on display at the 2009 Consumer
    Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Kim Beswick, Memjet’s VP of
    marketing, said that, despite some delays, printers using Memjet
    technology would be on the US market later this year, before coming to
    Australia in early 2010.”We’ve had inkjet and laser for 25 years and
    Memjet is essentially a new generation of printing,” she said.”It’s a
    second per page and there’s almost no warm-up time, and it prints that
    continuously – there’s no difference in how fast the first page prints
    versus the fifth page.”Existing colour printers capable of printing a
    colour page every second are large enterprise models costing in excess
    of $10,000.

    Beswick said Memjet allowed printer manufacturers to
    produce compact home models with similar speeds in the US$300-US$500
    (NZ$500-NZ$850) price range.She said they were ideal for home users,
    particularly those who frequently made prints of their digital
    photos.Silverbrook Research began developing Memjet in 1994 but was
    only ready to commercialise it in 2006.

    Memjet has been
    criticised for taking too long to reach the market but Beswick insisted
    printers would be on sale this year and deals with manufacturers had
    been signed.”On a traditional inkjet head the head scans back and forth
    to create the page, but with Memjet the print head is fixed in the
    printer and the paper just runs underneath it, so you essentially avoid
    the scanning back and forth, which improves the performance
    dramatically,” she said.