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Epson Autoprinter Offers Big Bang for its Buck

CD DVD PrintersHawksM23 February 2010

The Epson PP-100AP Autoprinter has been touted as one of the best printers in speed, reliability, and quality for semi-professional printers. Released in January of 2010 by Epson, one of the leading manufacturers of inkjet printing, the Autoprinter has quickly become one of the most ideal solutions for printers who need rapid, large-batch printing at the quality of a professional printer but without the cost.

With four trays, the Autoprinter is capable of finishing up to 95 CD or DVD discs in an hour on the fast print setting, and up to 50 to 75 discs on the higher quality print settings – considered remarkable speed and efficiency for its size and cost. Epson’s sealed patented AcuGrip robotic technology moves the discs from station to station to prevent damage during printing. This printer even offers the novice printer easy-to-use software and templates for print jobs without a prescribed design format.

The Autoprinter houses six printer cartridges that allow for more than 1,000 discs to printed before changing one cartridge, and, when that time comes, printers can save on printing costs by only needing to replace one cartridge at a time. For the more advanced printers, with larger print jobs, up to six printers can be controlled by just one computer.

Technical Specifications

Disc Capacity

Up to 100 discs in standard input/output mode

Print Engine

Epson Photo Quality Inkjet

Number of Drives

No drives – Autoprinter only

Print Method

Inkjet (Dye Ink)

Print Resolution

High-speed 1440 dpi x 720 dpi (Fast mode)

High-resolution 1440 dpi x 1440 dpi (Fine mode)

Max. Print Width4.724″ (120mm)

Ink Cartridges

Black ink, Color ink x 5 colors

Low-ink sensor and LED for each cartridge

Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light cyan, Light magenta, Black

Capacity: 1000 discs or more (45 – 116 mm, 16,7 % color sharing, continuous printing, mode setting: Fine)

PC Connectivity

Up to six Discproducer Autoprinters can be connected and controller by one PC.  Allows for up to 570+ discs per hour

Software

Total Disc Maker: Job and label creation software

Total Disc Monitor: Displays the job status and devices such as ink status

Total Disc Setup: Controls settings of the Disc producer

Media Types

Inkjet Printable Discs (high quality or glossy) CD-Rs and DVD-Rs Supports regular 12 cm (4.7 inch) discs

Does not support specially-shaped discs

Operating Systems

Windows XP SP2 or later 32-bit Home Edition, Professional.

Windows® 2000 Professional SP4 or later

Windows Vista SP1 or later 32-bit Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (When using Vista, use Total Disc Maker Version 1.5 or later).

Recommended System Requirements

CPU: Pentium® 4, 1.4 GHz or higher, or its compatible processor

Windows 2000, Windows XP Memory: 512 MB or larger

Windows 2000, Windows XP HDD: 10GB or larger, 7200 rpm or more

Windows Vista Memory: 1GB or larger

Windows Vista HDD: 25GB or larger, 7200 rpm or more

USB 2.0 (High-speed) USB port: This product cannot be used in USB port of the PC equipped with some ATI’s chipset as follows: ATI’s Southbridge IXP (SB)460 or earlier Individual published performance results may vary depending on processing capacity of PC

 

Now compatible with Windows Vista

 

Data Interface

High-speed USB 2.0

Power

AC 100 V to AC 240, Frequency: 50 Hz to 60 Hz

Emissions

FCC

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SanDisk Takes Home Top Honor, Sets the Bar for 2010

Flash MemoryHawksM11 February 2010

For the second year in a row, SanDisk director, design engineering, Cuong Trinh, has been a distinguished guest at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) held this year From Feb. 7 to 11 in San Francisco. After delivering a paper last year to the conference titled “A 5.6MB/s 64Gb 4b/Cell NAND Flash Memory in 43nm CMOS” Trinh has been awarded the ISSCC 2009 Lewis Winner Outstanding Paper Award.

The ISSCC award recognizes SanDisk, a leader in flash memory cards, for its development of the patented X4™ technology, which achieves four-bits-per-cell using superior memory management, signal processing schemes, and powerful error correction code. The X4 technology has been known to perform well and is relatively low in cost.

“The fact that SanDisk has received two consecutive ISSCC Outstanding-Paper Awards is a dramatic demonstration of their continuing breakthrough research,” said Dr. Kenneth C. Smith, ISSCC Awards/Recognition Chair, in the SanDisk press release made public February 9.

This award could be just what the company needs after experiencing a significant drop in share prices last month. Shares took a 9-percent drop after the company projected its earnings to be weaker than expected.

But have no fear SanDisk, some experts say. The sudden stock-price drop may be less worrisome than it seems. For the first time ever, SanDisk founder and CEO, Dr. Eli Harari, hinted at a possible formal relationship between SanDisk and Apple, which already sends millions of dollars in royalties to the flash-memory technology company, after its announcement of the iPad.

Harari actually told Reuters that after attending the iPad unveiling he was “all smiles” because of the device’s potential to “create a huge demand for flash.” While this isn’t a clear indication of a signed contract, speculators only have to wait a few months for the iPad release to find out which technology Apple chose for its tablet computer’s inner components. If history is any indication of the future, SanDisk’s selection for Sony and LG computers may be a good sign for the company.

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