Konica Minolta Announces Availability of the LinkCom III Data Conversion Solution From MPI TECH

LinkCom III Converts IPDS and SCS/DCA Print Data Streams to Industry-Standard PCL and PostScript Languages



KONICA MINOLTA ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF THE LinkCom III
DATA CONVERSION SOLUTION FROM MPI TECH

LinkCom III Converts IPDS and SCS/DCA Print Data Streams to Industry-Standard
PCL and PostScript Languages

RAMSEY, N.J. - February 1, 2006 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the availability of LinkCom™ III from MPI Tech.  The LinkCom III software converts IPDS and SCS/DCA print data streams to PCL or PostScript language.  LinkCom III has been developed to work efficiently within the mixed host/LAN environment, supporting both SNA sessions from IBM systems, as well as TCP/IP sessions from the LAN.  The software also supports Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), making it simple to print across the Internet to any authorized Konica Minolta printer connected to the IP network.

Designed for the easy connection of printers to complex LAN environments, LinkCom III simply attaches to the Ethernet port of the printer and to the LAN.  LinkCom III enables both IBM systems and LAN/PC environments to make full use of the functionality of Konica Minolta's monochrome and color MFPs.  In addition, the software comes standard with the ability to redirect one output to a network-connected printer.  The redirection of three outputs to a network via TCP/IP is available as an option.

"Through LinkCom III, we have opened a new door for our MFP devices.  LinkCom III has provided us with a direct migration path to IBM printing in a LAN-based environment.  We now have the ability to capture the workflow from IBM's enterprise computing technology and support it with our high-speed monochrome and color multifunctional devices with advanced finishing features," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The relationship with MPI Tech will expand our business opportunities in both front- and back-office environments."

Highlighted LinkCom III Features:

  • Converts AFP/IPDS and SCS/DCA to PCL/PostScript
  • Offers full IPDS color support
  • Connects up to two printers to the LAN environment
  • Delivers output to network printers using TCP/IP
  • Enables both SNA and TCP/IP sessions to printers
  • Supports finisher options
  • Offers TN5250e/TN3270e printer installation
  • Provides password protected set-up

Pricing and Availability
LinkCom III is available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $720 to $11,250 based on the technology configuration.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution. From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™ production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and cost-effective. Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

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