LG recently announced the Korean launch of an A4 office printer based on the innovative Memjet high-speed inkjet printing technology. The Machjet LPP6010N is capable of speeds of 60 pages per minute (ppm) at 1,600 by 800 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, making it one of the world's fastest desktop colour printers.
Memjet technology, which is protected by over 3,000 worldwide patents, utilises a print head that spans the full width of the A4 page and incorporates a total of 70,400 nozzles to deliver the inks to the paper at a rate of up to 700 million droplets per second. There are five ink channels, which in standard configuration use cyan, yellow, magenta and dual black channels. Droplet size is between 1-2 picolitres, similar to standard inkjet technology.
The Machjet LPP6010N uses a page-width print head to deliver fast (and quiet) inkjet printing
A proprietary 648MHz 32-bit RISC controller chip and Memjet's driver software controls the print operation, which is rated for speeds of up to 900 million droplets per second. LG claims the technology is not only faster, but also quieter (there's no need for the print head to move across the page) and more power efficient than laser printing — the LPP6010 consumes just 32W in normal operation compared to several hundred watts for a typical workgroup laser printer.
Memjet was founded in 2002 and uses technology developed by Australian-based R&D company Silverbook Research. Memjet was first announced in 2007, and there are currently several commercial label printers using the technology, such as the Astro Machines Astro Jet M1. However, the LG Machjet LPP6010 is the first product to appear aimed at general office use.
No pricing has been announced, and when asked about a possible UK launch date, an LG representative told us that 'it is not confirmed if it will be available in the UK market'.