Printer Processor suits networked laser printers.

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Quatro 4230 fully programmable system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution combines embedded ARM11 CPU for processing PDLs and dual Quatro SIMD DSP cores for copy image processing and PDL acceleration. Complete color MFP functionality is supported for products with performance up to 20 color pages/min. Development platform includes connectivity stacks for Ethernet, USB, and PCI interfaces, and library of image processing routines with algorithms used in scanning, printing, and copying applications.

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Zoran Launches Programmable Processor for Emerging Office Desktop Color Printer Market

Quatro 4230 Processor Offers Improvements for Networked Laser Printers, MFPs, and Scanners

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 3 / -- Zoran Corporation (NASDAQ:ZRAN) announced the availability of its Quatro 4230 digital printer processor, a highly integrated, fully programmable, system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution for printer manufacturers.

The Quatro 4230 processor delivers the industry's most highly integrated solution for networked office laser printers and multifunction peripherals (MFPs). The Quatro 4230 processor is the only single-chip solution that embeds a high-performance CPU for processing printer languages and supports complete color MFP functionality for products with performance up to 20 color pages per minute, a level previously achieved only with multi-chip solutions. Its embedded, high-performance CPU positions original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to compete in the emerging desktop color laser market by reducing controller cost when compared to existing less integrated solutions.

"The addition of the Quatro 4230 processor to Zoran's product line is significant because it offers a color laser platform that has the ability to process Zoran's page description language (PDL) interpreter firmware, Integrated Print System (IPS)," said Neil Epstein, senior director of product marketing, Zoran Imaging Division. "PDLs continue to be a key requirement for the office market since they help OEMs meet the stringent compatibility requirements of Fortune 1000 organizations."

"IDC forecasts that worldwide shipments of color laser printers and MFPs will grow from 3.9 million units in 2005 to over 7 million units by 2009," said Keith Kmetz, program director of Hardcopy Peripherals Solutions and Services at IDC. "Zoran's Quatro 4230 processor offers OEMs a complete solution including MFP firmware, PDL and laser pulse width modulation, putting Zoran in a solid position to capitalize on this market's expected growth."

The Quatro 4230 solution combines an embedded ARM11 CPU for processing PDLs and dual Quatro SIMD DSP cores for high quality copy image processing and PDL acceleration, providing OEMs with a compelling combination of performance and programmability. To help reduce time to market, Zoran offers manufacturers a complete development platform including connectivity stacks for the Ethernet, USB, and PCI interfaces and an extensive library of optimized image processing routines with all the algorithms typically used in scanning, printing, and copying applications. The platform is common across Zoran's Quatro family of SOCs.

Quatro SOCs target a growing range of markets and include the following products:

  Product             CPU              DSP              Package

Quatro 4230 400 MHz ARM11 Dual 300 MHz 412 pins
Quatro 4110 150 MHz ARM9 210 MHz 260 pins
Quatro 4200 Series 67 MHz ARM7 133 MHz 292 pins
Quatro 4100 67 MHz ARM7 133 MHz 216 pins
Quatro 4050 67 MHz ARM7 133 MHz 176 pins

The Quatro 4230 processor is now available in sample quantities to qualified Zoran customers. For more information, please visit or contact a sales representative at 781-638-7500.

About Zoran Corporation

Zoran Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading provider of digital solutions in the growing digital entertainment and digital imaging markets. With two decades of expertise developing and delivering digital signal processing technologies, Zoran has pioneered high-performance digital audio and video, imaging applications and Connect and Share technologies for the digital home. Zoran's proficiency in integration delivers major benefits for OEM customers, including greater capabilities within each product generation, reduced system costs, and shorter time to market. Zoran-based DVD, digital camera, DTV, multimedia mobile phone, and multifunction printer products have received recognition for excellence and are now in hundreds of millions of homes and offices worldwide. With headquarters in the U.S. and operations in Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, Zoran may be contacted on the World Wide Web at or at 408 523-6500.

Source: Zoran Corporation

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