As electronic media becomes more prominent, printers are still required in almost every office. Multifunction Printers (MFPs) are evolving into highly networked, sophisticated systems with integrated displays, real-time image analytics (OCR and personalization), fine motor control and support of various interface and storage standards such as USB 3.0, SATA and 10Gb Ethernet. At the other end of the scale, portable and handheld printing is increasing in popularity for fashion, stationery and labelling, requiring even more consolidation of print functions.
Zynq®-7000 SoCs enable consolidation of multiple functions such as printer head motor control, image processing and compression, user interface, and storage and network interfacing, dramatically reducing chip and PCB size and cost. Xilinx high performance SoCs and FPGAs also offer acceleration of print and scan speeds and image quality.
Improved image quality whilst accelerating printed pages per minute
Printer recognizes the user and presents a custom UI or provides secure access
Users control printer by talking to it, assists people with disabilities
MFPs tend to be built around multiple modules for print and scan engines, system control and the user interface. The controller electronics often use ASICs for motor control and image processing, with a separate CPU or SoC for overall system control.
Replacing the ASIC and CPU with a single Zynq-7000 SoC or Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC can result in cost reduction, particularly when including the cost of developing an ASIC, and also offers an adaptable platform to support new features and emerging trends such as Edge AI.
The integration of AI cameras is an emerging concept to detect an approaching user and set up the UI to match the user’s personal preferences. It also means that sensitive document access control can also be implemented using facial recognition.
Desktop 3-dimensional printers are increasingly being deployed in the education sector for training and research, in fashion for accessories and jewelery, and amongst hobbyists.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoCs and Zynq-UltraScale+ MPSoCs allow 3D printer OEMs to create a flexible platform portfolio that can scale in features and price. These SoCs include real-time ARM microprocessors for deterministic control of control loops, and support connectivity standards such as USB, CAN and Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN)
3D scanners digitally capture the shape of objects using cameras and other sensors to render a complete 3D computer model that can be used in any type of application. It’s now possible to scan a 3D object and print a digital 3D copy of it.
Our portfolio of processing engines range from Spartan®-6 FPGAs to Zynq-7000 and Zynq UltraScale+ SoCs that can operate in a very low thermal envelope and deliver powerful image signal processing capabilities in a very small footprint device.
The global portable printer market is expected to grow at 10% CAGR for the next several years. These printers include those used to print tags, receipts, barcode and RFID labels. They also include a new breed of handheld printers which allow inkjet printing onto virtually any surface – these are popular amongst youngsters who want to personalize clothing or electronics, or label their books. The attraction to all these printers is their portability, affordability and ease of use.
Leverage our cost optimized portfolio, and particularly the Zynq-7000 SoC, to architect a single-chip solution that eliminates multi-chip designs using low-performance microcontrollers and FPGAs, all in a very low power envelope and with a very low bill-of-materials.
Home printers is a very cost-sensitive segment, and primarily exists to sell more ink. The electronics inside the printer has to be packed into a very inexpensive chip, which is usually an ASIC that includes a processor, motor control as well as scanner and printing functions.
Talk to us about how you can use our cost-optimized portfolio of FPGAs or Zynq-7000 SoCs with creative packaging methods to replace your ASIC. By using Xilinx platforms, you can improve performance, make your printer future-proof, and still keep the electronics low cost and and in a low-power envelope.
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