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Fujitsu Introduces World's Fastest Continuous-Form Page Printer

-Prints 20,400 Lines Per Minute, Equivalent to 400 A4-Sized Sheets-

VSP4980Tokyo, May 30 2002 -- Fujitsu Limited today announced the debut of its new, ultra-fast continuous-form*1 page printer, the VSP4980, capable of printing 20,400 lines per minute (equivalent to 400 A4-sized sheets). The new printer is targeted primarily at the Japan market.

Fujitsu's new page-printer, which can be used in open systems environments with standard UNIX or Windows systems, achieves roughly 2.5 times the speed of previous models. In addition to vastly accelerating the time it takes to print, it is also designed specifically to deal with bulk remote-printing demands. It is ideal for high-volume tasks that require high-speed printing, such as monthly reports, statements, and direct mailings, for a wide variety of users, including finance and securities firms, local governments, and retailers.

As computer networks have become faster and are able to handle a much higher volume of data, there is an increasing need for high-speed printers that can be used with both UNIX or Windows environments. Fujitsu's new printer is equipped with interfaces, such as Gigabit Ethernet (1000baseT), 100baseTX and 10baseT, to realize high-speed networks. Furthermore, it comes with Fujitsu Network Printer (FNP) language, compatible with the international standard Unicode, thereby reducing the load on the network.

The VSP series includes a total of 14 models, ranging from economical low-end units to ultra-fast models, designed to correspond with a full spectrum of customer needs, from small-scale to large-scale systems. Fujitsu plans to expand the line to tie in with ISV applications and ERP packages.

About the VSP4980

 Price: ¥64 million
 Delivery date: end of February, 2003
 Sales target: 40,000 units over 3 years (for the VSP series as a whole)

Main specifications
 1. Reduces network load
Comes with built-in outline fonts, so that less data needs to be transmitted over the network, resulting in high-quality output and higher speed.

 2. Bar-code support
Can be combined with the SCP7200*2 business form printing system to produce QR*3 bar codes. Can also print EAN-128*4 bar codes, which are used, for example, in utility bill payment collection systems.

 3. Compatible with open systems
Runs on the Fujitsu Network Printer language, which supports Unicode, the international standard for representing text, for compatibility with Unix and Windows-based server applications.

Other features

Along with the debut of this new model, Fujitsu has also updated the existing models VSP4971 and VSP4902, adding improved resolution and other features.
ProductPrint speedPriceDelivery Date
VSP49718250 lines/min¥26 millionEnd of July 2002
VSP49021250 lines/min¥5.95 millionEnd of July 2002


*1. Continuous-form
A long, continuous sheet of paper with perforations at the page borders and tractor-feed holes along the edges, intended for precise, high-speed printing.

*2. SCP7200
A business form printing system. Uses common comma-separated value (CSV) files (as extracted from databases) to generate form data. Designed for use with automatic form-recognition systems and impact printers.

*3. QR code
A two-dimensional code developed by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association as a labeling standard for electronic data interchange, and approved as an international standard (ISO/IEC18004) for use in areas such as supply chain management.

*4. EAN-128 bar code
A bar-code standard established by EAN International, with guidelines developed by the Distribution Systems Research Institute's Distribution Code Center, as well as such fields as medical supplies and food products. Beginning in July, this code is to be used to facilitate utility bill payments through convenience stores in Japan, and is expected to be widely used going forward.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more information, please see:

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