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TAK S1 printer controller introduction
Dennis Hissink : June 28th 2005 - 19:50 CET
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Tak ImagingTAK S1 printer controller introduction : TAK Imaging unveiled a powerful new single chip controller for next generation photo printers and photo-enabled multi-function peripheral (MFP) devices designed to deliver a step change improvement in the personal photo printing experience. In direct photo printing applications the new TAK S1 printer controller improves output performance by four to five times over currently available competitive solutions. TAK Imaging's new solution is designed to specifically address each of the major inhibitors to a more satisfying consumer photo printing experience today. The TAK S1 controller greatly increases the speed of photo prints drastically and improves overall ease of use.
TAK S1 printer controller introductionPhoto prints - Seconds, not minutes
Furthermore the TAK S1 printer controller provides seamless and convenient printing directly from multiple devices such as camera phones or digital still cameras. A highly integrated and fully programmable system-on-chip (SOC), the TAK S1 employs a powerful, dedi- cated image processing engine (IPE) to bring industry leading output speed and print quality to both dye sublimation and inkjet printers for photo printing. In ex- tensive benchmark testing with leading printer engines, the TAK S1 produced image processing performance of 2.4 sec. for a 4 Megapixel dye sublimation print, and 4.6 sec. for a color inkjet photo print.

TAK S1 - Huge improvement
"Even as at-home photo printing has surged in popularity, the 'wait time' for photo prints remains a primary source of consumer dissatisfaction," said Doug Goodyear, CEO of TAK Imaging. "The TAK S1 gives printer manufacturers the solution for delivering a huge improvement in output performance for their next generation models."

TAK S1 printer controller - More device flexibility
To support the dramatic surge in photo printing from consumer devices other than traditional PCs, the TAK S1 printer controller has been designed with optimized flexibility and intelligence. Printer OEMs can easily customize the S1 printer controller for a range of specific and differentiated consumer applications including full wired and wireless connectivity for direct photo printing from digital cameras, camera phones or PDAs. Designed around a user programmable engine controller, the TAK S1 offers extensive connectivity options. It has direct interfaces to all popular memory card formats and has a flexible scanner interface optimized for MFPs. The TAK S1 also features an LCD/TV controller to facilitate user-interactive, printer-based image control and manipulation prior to printing.

TAK Imaging - Direct prints rapidly adopted
"Consumers are rapidly adopting a PC-less photo printing attitude," said Yoichi Kanamaru, Japan General Manager for TAK Imaging. "The TAK S1 enables OEMs and ODMs to offer photo printers which give consumers greater personal control and ease-of-use, in terms of where, when and how they print their snapshots. Going forward, this is what will drive the market for new photo printers," he said.

Printing - Higher performance at a lower total cost
The TAK S1's scalable, extensible architecture and customizable firmware enables printer OEMs to lower the cost of their products by eliminating or reducing external components and offering a platform that fits both current and longer range market requirements. "The TAK S1 leapfrogs any existing or announced competitive solution with its performance, scalability, programmability, readiness and completeness of the solution," said Goodyear. "TAK Imaging understands the consumer market -- we're providing a low-cost solution and giving our customers a long term approach to being successful in the printer business."

TAK - Full solution for accelerated development
TAK Imaging is providing a complete development platform including several software packages that give printer OEMs the flexibility to easily customize and add value to their products for customer or channel positioning requirements. A rapid prototyping platform is also available that includes all the hardware, firmware, drivers and tools needed to reduce OEM development time from months to weeks. TAK S1 customer samples are currently available.

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