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HP Announces "Big Bang" Printer Launch
New Printing Process May Be Quantum Leap

Many have no doubt forgotten that it was HP that brought great innovation to the personal computer printing market, with breakthroughts in inkjet and laser printing in the 80s that transformed the industry. HP continues to be a market leader in printing, and its printing division the most profitable area of the entire company.

Now comes word that the company may have achieved another quantum leap, announcing what it calls "a breakthrough ink-based printing platform." HP says it has invested $1.4 billion over the past five years to  develop a new scalable printing technology that will "catapult its leadership in the printer market years ahead of its competitors."

Designed specifically to deliver high-performance printing for high-volume users, the new products wre announced ruing what HP calls its "Big Bang" announcement, and include the world's fastest home photo printing devices, which can produce 4 x 6-inch photos in as fast as 14 seconds, as well as the world's fastest desktop color business printer, which enables small and medium-size businesses to print up to twice the speed and 30 percent lower cost-per-page than color laser printers.

HP's new technology is a breakthrough in the architecture and manufacturing of the inkjet printhead. The sophisticated assembly of the new printhead enables a faster development cycle at an estimated 50 percent lower cost, giving HP an efficiency of scale for its substantial research and development investment.

The printhead components are fabricated as one unit via a photolithographic process, rather than welded together in post-production. This results in the precise alignment of the chamber, nozzles and heating element, which then improves the accuracy of ink drop placement. This unique design also supports an increased density of nozzles, with 3,900 nozzles or more on a single printhead. More nozzles and increased dot placement accuracy translates into faster, high-quality prints. Additionally, the new printing system ensures that users will never run out of ink mid-page - eliminating a source of wasted ink and paper.

Because the new platform is scalable, HP is able to address the diverse needs of the printing market, from high-volume consumer users and small to medium-size businesses all the way up to the commercial market. This is made possible in three technical ways.

First, HP can increase the size of the swath - the area the printhead covers with each pass over a page. With larger swathes, the printhead needs to make fewer passes over a page, thus leading to increased speeds. Second, HP can increase the number of nozzles on the printhead to allow for higher quality, larger prints. And third, HP can increase the number of inks per printhead, providing a richer color gamut.


"Today marks a milestone in HP's 21-year printing history," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "This technology is the next step in our business transformation - the master key that unlocks new market opportunities and further growth in our printer business. Today's announcement will create a new perspective and experience around printing in the home, in the office and for the entire industry needing digital prints."

High-volume printers based on the new platform

  • The HP Photosmart 8250 Photo Printer, priced at $199,() and HP Photosmart 3000 All-in-One series, priced from $299 to $399: These are designed for consumers who want to quickly print batches of photos, unattended, in the convenience of their homes. These world's fastest photo printers feature six individual HP Vivera ink cartridges and produce beautiful photos and crisp text at blazing speeds - 4 x 6-inch photos in as fast as 14 seconds for as little as 24 cents a print. The HP Photosmart 8250 Photo Printer is available this month via hpshopping.com and major retailers. The HP Photosmart 3000 All-in-One series is expected to be available this fall.


  • The HP Officejet Pro K550 Color Printer series: These single-function printers are designed to deliver superior color, laser-like quality text and water-resistant prints - all at up to twice the print speed and half the purchase cost of competitive color lasers printers. Expected to be available in the fall, this printer series will also set new standards in total cost of ownership, with substantially lower cost-per-page than laser printers.
HP introduced six new portable photo printers - creating the industry's broadest line of portable printers - including two industry first capabilities: The HP Photosmart 475 GoGo Photo Printer, priced at $279, is the first compact photo printer capable of printing 5 x 7-inch photos, in addition to 4 x 6-inch and panorama prints. The HP Photosmart 475 is also the first compact photo printer to have PC-like power with the ability to store a year's worth of photos (more than 1,000 images).

Another highlight is the HP Photosmart 420 series GoGo Photo Studio, which includes a camera and a printer with a dock. This gives consumers a complete portable photo system and the ability to print photos in three steps - snap, dock, print. Pricing begins at $299.

HP has also extended its portfolio of printing systems to offer its most affordable supplies and printer combination ever. Designed for lower usage applications and optimized for ease-of-use and budget-conscious customers, these systems provide a new entry point of $14.99 and $17.99 for HP 21 (black) and 22 (color) cartridges, respectively, matched with printers starting at $49.99.

Adding to its award-winning line of digital cameras, HP introduced the HP Photosmart R818, R817 and M517 digital cameras, which range in price from $149 to $399. The HP Photosmart R818 and R817 digital cameras feature new HP Real Life Technologies so consumers can not only preview panorama photos, but can now stitch them together inside the camera, allowing for easy printing of panorama photos without a computer.

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HP, which revolutionized the PC industry with its early breakthroughs in inkjet and laser printing technology, has announced what it calls a breakthrough ink-based printing platform. The company's new scalable printing technology is designed specifically to deliver high-performance printing for high-volume users.




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