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Kyocera's logo. Click here to visit the Kyocera website! PRESS RELEASE: KYOCERA Develops World's Fastest Inkjet Printhead

Enhanced Device Offers High-Speed, High-Resolution, Full-Color Printing at 150 Million Dots Per Second

Japan Graphic Arts Show 2009 - KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it has developed the world's fastest* inkjet printhead — the key component in inkjet printing equipment. Each nozzle in the new KJ4 Series printhead ejects ink at up to 60,000 dots per second (at 60kHz drive frequency); with 2,656 nozzles per head, the device is capable of printing approximately 150 million dots per second.

Kyocera's previous inkjet printhead offered the world's fastest print speed when it was introduced in 2008 - 150 meters per minute at 600×600dpi resolution, using a drive frequency of 30kHz. The newly developed printhead sets new records for high resolution, full-color inkjet printing, offering the world's fastest print speeds in any of three resolutions: 600×360dpi (330m/min. at 40kHz), 600×600dpi (200m/min at 40kHz), and 1200×1200dpi (150m/min at 60kHz).

Recent years have brought increasing demand for on-demand printing, which allows for a larger variety of printing in smaller order volumes to meet specialized customer needs in the commercial high-speed printing market. In this way, inkjet printing is garnering attention for its flexibility on a page-by-page basis which contributes to productivity, and for its cost performance.

The new technology enabling this development was achieved by enhancing the drive frequency with Kyocera's unique elemental technology; making the interior ink channels more compact, optimizing the nozzle configuration, and improving the water-repellent coating on the printhead nozzle surface to prevent clogging, thus ejecting the ink more accurately. In addition to speed, it provides the high resolution required in the commercial printing market, with a 50 percent improvement in ink-drop placement accuracy over Kyocera's previous model. And like the original, the new printhead maintains the world's broadest single-unit print width, at 4.25 inches - enabling convenient printhead arrangement. Collectively, these features reflect Kyocera's commitment to lead the digital on-demand market with continuous technological advancement.

Kyocera will display the new printhead at the Japan Graphic Arts Show 2009 from October 6 through 10 at the Tokyo Big Sight.

*World's fastest drop-on-demand inkjet printing based on Kyocera testing as of August 31, 2009.

-- Product Information
Product Name KJ4B-JF06 Inkjet Printhead
Size 200×25×59(mm) (Width × Depth × Height)
Production Site Kagoshima Hayato Plant, Japan
Availability Samples will be available in spring of 2010

-- Print Speeds by Resolution
Resolution Grayscale Print Speeds
Conventional model New model
600×360dpi Multiple-value - 330m/min(40kHz) *World’s Fastest
600×600dpi Multiple-value 150m/min(30kHz) 200m/min(40kHz) *World’s Fastest
1200×1200dpi Binary - 150m/min(60kHz) *World’s Fastest

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2009, the company's net sales totaled 1.13 trillion yen (approximately US$11.5 billion). The company, which marks its 50th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations this year, is ranked #418 on the Forbes magazine's 2009 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

The new Kyocera KJ4 Series inkjet printhead. Photo and caption provided by Kyocera Corp. / BusinessWire. Click for a bigger picture!

The new Kyocera KJ4 Series inkjet printhead.
Photo and caption provided by Kyocera Corp. / BusinessWire.

(First posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 14:41 EDT)

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