Lightweight printers for portable devices

Targeting the portable device market, Fujitsu Components America has released a series of high-speed, battery-powered thermal print mechanisms.

Targeting the portable device market, Fujitsu Components America has released a series of high-speed, battery-powered thermal print mechanisms that are suitable for mobile terminals, hand held terminals and automotive applications.

Featuring a low, 15.5mm profile and a compact design, the FTP-628 series printers weigh approximately 47 grams. They accommodate 58mm (2.25 inch)-wide paper, with a paper thickness ranging from 60 to 100 micrometers, and have an effective print area of 48mm.

The series is available in two models: the FTP-628MCL053, which offers an automatic paper feed, front paper insertion path and a platen-open release, and the FTP-628MCL054, which offers a manual paper feed and a bottom paper insertion path.

Both models feature an enclosed gearbox and a 30-conductor flex circuit requiring only a single connector. A 4.2 to 8.5V DC battery source is needed to operate the printers.

Using the direct thermal line-dot method, the printers offer 8-dot/mm (203 dpi) resolution and have a maximum speed of 60 mm/sec (480 dot lines/sec).

The operating life is 100 million pulses or 50km of paper.

Available immediately, the FTP-628MCL053 printer is priced at $28.75 and the FTP-628MCL054 printer is $27.50 in 1000-piece quantities. A parallel mini-interface board is also available for $51.25 and a serial mini-interface board is also available for $53.75.

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