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  • Canon Debuts Printer with SanDisk Flash Slot
  • March 23, 1998 (BOSTON) -- Canon Computer Systems Inc. introduced what it claims is the world's first printer with a slot for SanDisk Corp.'s CompactFlash memory cards.
    The announcement was made March 16. The new Canon Digital Printer CD-200 is debuting at the annual CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, March 19-25.

    The new Digital Printer CD-200 allows consumers to print digital images from CompactFlash memory cards when the card is removed from a digital camera and inserted into the printer.

    SanDisk, which is based in Sunnyvale, CA, claims to be the world's largest seller of CompactFlash. It invented CompactFlash memory cards, which have become the industry standard digital film for digital cameras.

    In addition to having a specific slot designed to use CompactFlash memory cards, the Digital Printer CD-200 features a print time of 95 seconds, including data transfer per picture.

    The Digital Printer CD-200 is a dye-sublimation printer that enables consumers to directly print captured images from CompactFlash memory cards taken on digital cameras. Images can be printed on a print area of 3.2 in. x 4.2 in. and with optional accessories, consumers can print multi-image templates including stickers, frames and postcards.

    The Canon Digital Printer CD-200 is expected to have an estimated street price of US$499. The price is estimated, the company said, as dealers will determine final pricing.

    "The huge influence of pictures on the Internet and interest in digital photography is fueling the need for users to have a simple solution to printing digital images from their digital camera and our Digital Printer CD-200 delivers that solution," said Ned Bunnell, CCSI director of imaging products.

    According to the International Photo Imaging Industry Report published by Photo Finishing News in 1996, more than 74 billion photos are created worldwide every year, he added. "With Canon's PowerShot digital cameras and new CD-200 printer, which does not need to be connected to a PC, we're at the forefront of the growing trend for digital photography. The 'digital darkroom' is now really here," Bunnell said.

    Nelson Chan, vice president of marketing at SanDisk, said that Canon's decision to design a specific slot for small-size CompactFlash memory cards in the new Digital Printer CD-200 continues a strong industry trend by camera and computer manufacturers to design products with CompactFlash memory cards as the digital film.

    "This strategic move by Canon reaffirms that SanDisk CompactFlash memory cards meet the requirements to provide rugged, reliable and higher capacity removable storage as the digital imaging market expands," Chan said.

    With ImageMate, pictures captured on digital cameras using CompactFlash can be downloaded directly from the CompactFlash film-card by inserting the card into the ImageMate. Once the transfer takes place at approximately 500Kbps, the card can be reformatted and the consumer can continue taking more pictures.

    (Lori Valigra, Asia BizTech Correspondent)

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    Updated: Sun Mar 22 16:09:21 1998