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21 December 2000 Some electronic printer metrics
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Electronic printing is now 25 years old. A great deal of progress has been made as evidenced by the great number of electronic printers and their associated technologies. This paper illustrates three simple metrics with which to analyze electronic printer technology. The metrics are not necessarily intended to be anything profound or deterministic but appear to illustrate some relative constants as well as significant improvements in printers that indicate a trend whose final outcome is yet to be seen. Since electronic printers are basically information delivery devices, they can be analyzed as to their information delivery capability on a cost-performance basis. The three metrics utilized in this paper involve a number of characteristics such as printer weight, speed, spatial printing density and color. Over 170 printers area used in this analysis dating from the birth of the laser printer in the mid-1970s up to the present time. This metric oriented view of the technology may give us some insight as to where the electronic printing industry is going on a cost/performance basis as well as where new products should be aimed so that they provide the desired market impact.
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Gary K. Starkweather "Some electronic printer metrics", Proc. SPIE 4300, Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts VI, (21 December 2000);


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