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CANON INTRODUCES ITS LARGEST WIDE FORMAT PRINTER TO DATE AND THREE NEW DYE-BASED WIDE FORMAT PRINTERS

MISSISSAUGA, ON, August 9, 2006 – Canon Canada, Inc., the leading provider of digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the company's first 60-inch large format printer – the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9000* – along with three other large format models ideal for the corporate and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) markets.

Canon's latest large format printers will also include the 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF700*, the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF600, and the 17-inch imagePROGRAF iPF500. All three dye-based models produce crisp clear prints and are ideally suited for detailed line drawings and general office use. Stealing the show is Canon's new 12-colour pigment ink 60-inch wide format printer, the imagePROGRAF iPF9000. The iPF9000 printer boasts a wide color gamut and archival quality prints with Canon LUCIA™ pigment inks.

"Canon's reputation as a true digital imaging solution provider from capture through output is evident in the recent advancements we have made in the large format space," said Ian Macfarlane, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon Canada, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. Inc. "This robust line-up of wide format products will give our customers the flexibility to choose the large format inkjet solution that best suits their particular business needs."

Canon's First 60-inch Printer
The new flagship-model from Canon, imagePROGRAF iPF9000 large format printer will be the next evolution in the company's large format portfolio. Expanding on the recently launched 17-inch imagePROGRAF iPF5000 model, the iPF9000 60-inch printer will provide one of the industry's largest colour gamuts with a 12-color inkset of Canon's LUCIA pigment inks allowing images to achieve image permanence and longevity. The 12-color LUCIA inkset includes Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Matte Black, Regular Black, Red, Green, and Blue inks, as well as two shades of gray ink that help enable smooth colour gradation and helps reduce metamerism when printing neutral and monochrome images.

Engineered for speed and advanced image quality, the iPF9000 model will employ Canon's Large Format Printer Common Architecture (L-COA) print controller and dual print heads to lay down ink quickly and accurately using the most nozzles per-colour in the industry to date. Coupled with a suite of innovative image processing software, the iPF9000 printer is ideal for professional photographers and digital artists looking to make a big impression with their work.

The Canon iPF9000 printer's dual print head design will feature the company's proprietary FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) high-precision print head technology. The two one-inch high-density print heads together boast 30,720 individual ink nozzles (2,560 for each colour) to produce a four picoliter ink droplet size with dedicated nozzles for each of the twelve colours. The innovative print head design and microscopic droplet size will help the iPF9000 printer deliver best-in-classi image quality up to 2,400 x 1,200 dots per inch (dpi).

The Canon iPF9000 large-format printer will offer reliability and ease-of-use to help meet the high-volume print needs of graphic-arts industry professionals. The printer will incorporate productivity enhancing features such as a high-capacity ink tank system that will afford users the choice between 700 ml or 330 ml tanks, a subtank ink system which will allow users to change ink cartridges without stopping the carriage while printing, a 40GB hard-disk drive to spool and hold the print data, a standard automatic take-up reel system, and a large LCD operation panel to display illustrated basic operations. The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 will come with Canon PosterArtist 2006 and Digital Photo Print Pro as standard, as well as print plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. EFI Colorproof XF for Canon, developed exclusively for Canon, will be offered as an optional Raster Image Processor (RIP).

"The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 printer will be a major step for Canon as we will be entering a new segment of the large format market with a truly innovative device with a number of best-in-class features, including 12-color inkset and the most nozzles per colour. We believe this new printer will serve to help position Canon as the premier digital imaging solution provider from capture through output," said Macfarlane, "We feel the technological advancements of such a large-scale printer is a prime example of Canon's determination to be a leader in the large format space."

Three New imagePROGRAF Models for Corporate and CAD Markets
Canon's new iPF700*, iPF600 and iPF500 dye-based large-format printers are ideally suited for CAD (Computer Aided Design) and GIS (Geographical Information System) applications as well as architectural and engineering schematics and blueprints. Accommodating print media up to 36, 24, and 17 inches, respectively, the three new iPF models will produce a range of print sizes on various Canon branded media.

These three new models also will include Canon's high-speed L-COA image processor and FINE print head technology for exceptional image quality and high-speed output. These new models also feature the company's new five-colour dye-and-pigment reactive ink system, consisting of Canon's newly developed dye-based inks that feature fade resistance in Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Canon's Matte-Black pigment ink.

These new dye-based colour ink formulation and Matte Black ink combined with Reactive Ink Technology will produce black lines and texts that have a resistance against rubbing, moisture and bleeding. Also, the printers switch the appropriate black ink type according to the type of media and type of image, producing rich dark black on glossy media using dye-based black, while matte black is used to print on matte surfaces, including bond paper for crisp, detailed line drawing with laser-like precision. This results in sharp, thin lines and high-density black for CAD line drawings, as well as vivid colours and solid image consistency with sharp text for superb signs and posters and general office.

Featuring a high-density print head, Canon's iPF700, iPF600 and iPF500 printer models will produce microscopic four picoliter ink droplets for images that are virtually free from graininess for all ink, including matte black. All three printers will use a total of 15,360 ink nozzles (5,120 for matte black and 2,560 for each other color) arranged in two nozzle-arrays in 1.07-inch printing swath, to achieve up to 1,200dpi resolution at print colour speedsii of up to 0.3 minutes per 16.14-inch x 20.18-inch (size A2), 0.6 minutes per 22.83-inch x 28.54-inch (size A1), and 1.2 minutes per 33.11-inch x 46.81-inch (size A0) when printing on plain paper in Draft Mode. Even at this speed, the image density is maintained, and the dual black inks allow for fast printing speed with high black density. All three models use 130 ml high-capacity ink tanks and the iPF600 and iPF500 feature a four-way paper feed system.

All three models can produce borderless printingiii on media of various sizes. Each new imagePROGRAF model is bundled with PosterArtist 2006, the latest version of easy-to-use Canon template-based poster creation software, which features vastly improved usability and editing functions. Other software bundled with the printers includes an HDI driver to print AutoCAD® files accurately from Windows for architectural and engineering businesses. Also, a standard configuration for iPF700 and optional for iPF600 and iPF500, the PhotoPRINT Select for imagePROGRAF is available, providing true Adobe PostScript Level 3 printing with professional colour control such as Pantone Color Library, as well as HP-GL/2 emulation capability.

Other software enhancements include newly added printer driver functions such as Free Layout and Copy Enlargement. The Free Layout feature, also know as nesting, facilitates the creation and printing of nested layouts combining various data created by such popular software applications as Microsoft's Word and Excel, and Adobe Illustrator. Copy Enlargement allows users to enlarge and print documents scanned with Canon brand image scanners or Multifunction Products (MFPs). Other features to help meet user demand for reliability and operability include a standard high-performance rotary cutter, a nozzle recovery system and automatic print optimization.

The imagePROGRAF iPF9000 and imagePROGRAF iPF700 printers are expected to be available through authorized Canon Canada dealers in late September, with manufacturer suggested retail prices of CDN $17,995 and CDN $4,795 respectively.

The imagePROGRAF iPF600, and imagePROGRAF iPF500 printers will be available through authorized Canon Canada dealers in late September, with manufacturer suggested retail prices of CDN $2,755 and CDN $1,795 respectively.

About Canon Canada, Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,500 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Canon Inc. is among the top three US patent recipients over the past 14 years.

The company’s comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy of Canada, World Wildlife Fund- Canada and the Canon Envirothon.

For more information, visit www.canon.ca

*The iPF9000 and iPF700 devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until such authorization is obtained.

   
 

 

 

 



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