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Peerless Systems Announces Controller Support for Canon imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 Systems

20 Jun, 2002

Peerless Systems Announces Controller Support for Canon imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 Systems

Peerless Systems Corporation announced the Company's collaboration on the design, development and delivery of a common controller solution for Canon's recently debuting imageRUNNER 1600 and imageRUNNER 2000 MFPs. The new imageRUNNER series is the latest in a line of new Canon multifunction products (MFPs) which use Peerless' QuickPrint® QP+405 controller design. The Peerless(TM) QuickPrint® QP+405 is Peerless' third generation patented `system-on-a-chip' ASIC that offers significant scalability and cost advantages.


Most recently, Peerless and Canon partnered together on the design and development of the Canon LBP-2000 laser printer using this common QP+405 controller, which is currently shipping in Europe, Asia and Australia. The new PCL-compatible imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 MFP series exemplifies the scalability of Peerless' QP+405 to support job management functions by requiring only slight variations and customization between each new Canon product in this family. The 16ppm imageRUNNER 1600 MFP and the 20ppm imageRUNNER 2000 MFP both feature an integrated copier, printer, and scanner with advanced paper handling, including optional stapler, three optional input trays, and a stack bypass tray.

The imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 MFPs are the latest in a series of jointly developed products resulting from an eight-year business relationship between Canon and Peerless. This common QP+405 controller represents the 14th unique controller design by Peerless for use in multiple families of Canon products.


The Canon imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 MFPs are currently shipping in the US. Also shipping in the European, Asian and Oceania markets are their counterpart models, the iR1600 and iR2000, which also use the same Peerless QP+405 controller. All these MFPs feature Canon's Advanced Printing Architecture that allows for the integration of job and network management features developed by Peerless. With this architecture, the imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 implements job retention features, such as hold queues, remotely over the network and initiates legacy jobs using the Printer Job Language (PJL) protocol. As a result, IT control systems monitoring the imageRUNNER 1600 or 2000 are able to receive event notifications, triggered by printer conditions and alarms. The imageRUNNERs use standard packets to transmit Management Information Base (MIB) data to multiple remote clients, such as IT staff network monitor programs. When a printer encounters an error, such as a paper jam or low toner, an alert can be sent out over the network to multiple IT staff as defined by the administrator. IT staff can also be notified when a particular user accesses the printer or when certain features are used.


Several standard job management features are available on the MFP itself without need for an additional print server. Any authorized user with direct or networked access to the imageRUNNER 1600 or 2000 can take advantage of functionality such as sending a job to a queue, holding it, canceling a job or sending up to 64 password protected secure jobs. Using the HP-compatible job retention specification, Peerless job management also supports proof printing, allowing users to print a single set of proofs for review prior to printing an entire batch. These imageRUNNER products are some of the first MFPs in their class to provide job submission, job attribute definition and modification, end user controls, job resource accounting and remote job management.


Canon's imageRUNNER 1600 and 2000 MFPs equipped with the optional IDE hard disk are able to maintain a job log and support a variety of job accounting parameters. They can also support the following: downloaded fonts, Peerless MultiPrint for multiple original copies, HP 8100 compatible job retention, additional job management and secure job printing.

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