October 15, 2006 08:00 ET

IBM Demonstrates Innovative Output Technologies at Graph Expo

Production Color Technology, Monochrome Print Enhancements, Workflow Advancements on Display at Industry Event

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 15, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today kicked off the Graph Expo Conference and Exposition with a wide-ranging demonstration of innovative production output technologies. On display during the four-day conference are demonstrations of a color ink jet technology, enhancements to IBM's flagship Infoprint® 4100 monochrome production printer, and cutting-edge workflow technologies.

Color Technology Demonstration

IBM is demonstrating a high speed color ink jet technology that could address requirements for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use for transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers and book printers. The continuous form, full-color demonstration uses piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet technology that, with its high speed, could help accelerate job completion and enable the consolidation of footprints. This technology is designed to efficiently jet water-based pigmented inks that are resistant to fading and smearing, including on digital papers.

The controller for the Infoprint color technology is powered by an IBM server at speeds of up to 209.9 feet/minute (64 meters/minute) or 916 full-color, two-up tandem duplex, letter-size impressions/minute (862 A4 impressions/minute). The technology is using a 20.4" web with up to 19.96" print width and is designed to deliver excellent print quality at 720 x 360 dot per inch (dpi) resolution.

In conjunction with the technology demonstration, IBM today issued the following statement of direction: "IBM intends to offer a new production color printing platform using ink jet technology in a phased release that, over time, will leverage IBM's server and controller technology, advancements from the AFP Color Consortium and IBM's workflow portfolio."*

Cutting-edge Monochrome Technology Demonstration

Also at Graph Expo, IBM is demonstrating new Infoprint Image Enhancement Technology for its Infoprint 4100 HD 3/4 production monochrome printer. This is designed to deliver enhanced images with smoother halftones and sharper contrast at up to 230 feet per minute (1002 impressions per minute) using enhanced 600 dpi technology with industry-leading 256 levels of grayscale. IBM plans to print an RFID education book on the Infoprint 4100 with photographs and illustrations along with transaction and book applications with high quality photographs to demonstrate the improved print quality and halftone capabilities on the HD3/4.

In conjunction with this demonstration, IBM today issued the following statement of direction: "IBM intends to deliver image and grayscale print quality enhancements on the Infoprint 4100 HS2 and HD 3/4. Hardware changes, new halftones and expanded emulations combined with IBM's unique print quality enhancement technology and support for 256 levels of gray will provide a new level of graphic arts print quality for the Infoprint 4100 family."*

IBM also announced today that it plans to offer higher speed MICR printing on the Infoprint 4100 HS3 and HD5/6 models. MICR printing at speeds of up to 330 feet per minute (1440 impressions per minute) is expected to be generally available in December 2006.*

Workflow Innovation from IBM

The third production print demonstration by IBM at Graph Expo is the Infoprint Workflow Portfolio, which includes the Infoprint Workflow services offering, Infoprint ProcessDirector software and Infoprint Manager software. Infoprint ProcessDirector, which became generally available on September 15, 2006, is IBM's entry-level process management product. It is a customizable process management system that automates many tasks in print and mail shops that today are handled manually. Infoprint Workflow is a customized output transformation professional services offering for transaction printing. Infoprint Manager software is for managing transaction, print-on-demand and distributed environments.

"At Graph Expo, we're displaying some very exciting technologies in production print," said Karen Fukuma, vice president of production print solutions for IBM. "We continue to seek out and develop innovative solutions in response to client requirements for flexibility, top quality, fast print speeds and increased automation of their operations."

IBM Exhibiting in Booth 2600

In addition to the production print demonstrations, IBM is displaying its latest office and RFID print solutions.

IBM is exhibiting in booth 2600 at Graph Expo. The trade show runs from October 15 - 18, 2006 at McCormick Place South in Chicago.

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* IBM statement of direction, October 2006. While this represents IBM's current plans, IBM reserves the right to change or modify this plan at any time.

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