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CANON COMPUTER SYSTEMS UNVEILS HIGH PERFORMANCE, 600 DPI RESOLUTION, 8-PAGE PER MINUTE LASER PRINTER DESIGNED FOR GROWING BUSINESSES

 COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI) today introduced its new, high end offering in a growing line of value-driven laser printers for the small office and home office market (SOHO) -- the LBP-860 Business Laser Printer. The LBP-860 offers an upgradeable, high performance printing solution in an affordable package that brings true, 600 dots per inch (dpi) output, 8-page per minute (ppm) speed and industry-standard PCL5e compatibility to the small office environment.
 The LBP-860 achieves exceptional performance and a low cost advantage from a combination of 32-bit RISC processing and memory reduction technologies, making it one of the first 600 dpi laser printers to be able to print most Adobe PostScript Level 2 documents with only 2 MB of standard memory. The LBP-860 is shipping now and is priced at $1,839 (MSRP).
 "CCSI has redefined the standard for high productivity laser printer performance in the small office market," said Carolyn Perrier, director of peripherals marketing at CCSI. "Our approach to providing a big business printing solution is exactly what our customers have told us they need -- affordable industry-standard performance today with the option to expand features and capabilities tomorrow as their business grows. In addition, through our vast distribution partnerships, our customers have access to this type of product in stores where they shop."
 Right Combination of Features and Expansion Options for Business Printer Performance
 CCSI's LBP-860 offers small offices the output quality and print speed usually associated with laser printers used in large business and corporate America. The true 600 dpi resolution offers exceptionally crisp-looking output, while an 850-sheet total input capacity makes fast work of high volume printing with Canon's 8-ppm LBP-EX laser engine. The LBP-860 contains Universal Font Scaling Technology (UFST) licensed from Agfa Divison, Miles, Inc. and comes standard 35 Intellifont and 10 TrueType scalable fonts.
 Designed with very low print memory requirements, the LBP-860 can print most PCL5e-compatible files and Adobe PostScript Level 2 files with the standard 2 MB of installed memory at 600 dpi resolution. Most other 600 dpi laser printers require up to 6 MB of memory to print PostScript files. Total memory of the LBP-860 can be expanded to 34 MB with low cost, industry standard SIMMs.
 Paper handling capabilities include a 250 letter-sized sheet paper cassette and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray that holds all sizes of paper (letter, legal, A4) and up to 10 envelopes. Other paper tray options include another tray for letter, legal and A4 that provides an additional capacity of 500 sheets and an envelope feeder tray which holds up to 75 envelopes.
 No Shortcuts to True High Resolution 600 dpi
 At the heart of the LBP-860 is Canon's most advanced, 600 dpi, 8-page per minute laser beam engine, the LBP-EX. Unlike many vendors who rely upon software interpolation to reach 600 dpi resolutions, CCSI achieves high output quality for the LBP-860 on a true 600 dpi engine.
 Side-by-side comparisons of output produced on a printer that uses software interpolation to imitate 600 dpi resolution and output from a true 600 dpi laser engine printer like the LBP-860 are especially noticeable with photographic or high-definition graphic images. Overall, lines are sharper while edges and curves are smoother when viewing true 600 dpi output.
 Like CCSI's personal laser printer, the LBP-430, introduced last year, the new LBP-860 uses Canon's super fine toner for more refined text and graphics. The EP-E toner cartridge life is approximately 6,000 pages and costs $155 (MSRP).
 Memory Efficient Design
 In designing the LBP-860, CCSI leveraged the distinctive technologies of Intel and Peerless Systems Corporation to bring affordable, high performance printing to the small office market. The memory-efficient technologies of these two companies accelerate printing performance at low print memory levels by storing page images in a single band rather than the full page method usually employed in older, more expensive laser printers. The Windows 3.1 driver from LaserTools offers the ease-of-use and added performance features required for the small office market.
 Intel's i960 32-bit RISC-based microprocessor and 82961KD printer coprocessor combined with Peerless's Memory Reduction Technology (MRT(TM)) can reduce memory subsystem costs by over 60 percent, allowing laser printer companies like CCSI to bring new levels of performance and value to the price conscious small office market.
 Ease of Use, Whatever the Environment, Application or Platform
 The LBP-860 handles multiple user and mixed computing environments easily. Automatic interface switching allows both PC-based and Macintosh computer users to share a single printer without a network. Standard connectivity options include both a serial and parallel port and a PCMOIA (Type II) expansion slot for future developments. Separate upgrades for both AppleTalk and Adobe PostScript Level 2 expansion options will be available in the second quarter of 1994.
 User-friendly print management is a key feature of the LBP-860. Printing from different software applications is handled through an automatic emulation switching feature, allowing both PCL5e and PostScript files to be printed without requiring the user to manually adjust the printer.
 Compact in size, the LBP-860 measures 17 inches (w) x 16 inches (d) x 12 inches (h). Installation and set-up are simple with the Quick Start Guide, easy-to-install Windows 3.1 driver and toll-free technical support 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday. CCSI's exceptional warranty on the LBP-860 covers parts and labor for two full years.
 About CCSI
 Founded in 1992, CCSI markets printers, PCs and notebook computers under the Canon brand name for the small office and home office (SOHO) markets. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., CCSI develops and markets computer products using its proven Bubble Jet, laser and other Canon- developed technologies. The company's products are available through distributors as well as computer dealers, superstores and mass merchants who represent nearly 4,400 storefronts nationwide. For product information, customers can call 800-848-4123 or fax 714-438-3317.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Intel and i960 are trademarks of Intel Corporation. PostScript and Adobe are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. UFST is a registered trademark of Miles, Inc. Agfa is a registered trademark of Agfa Gevaert, AG. TrueType is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. MRT is a trademark of Peerless Systems Corp. Canon is a registered trademark and Bubble Jet is a trademark of Canon Inc./
 /CONTACT: Karen Lippe of CCSI, 714-438-3075; or Lisa McLean of Hajjar/Kaufman, 310-821-9916/


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