Seiko Instruments Introduces Affordable, Compact, Portable Thermal Printer for Medical, Test and Other Key Applications

TORRANCE, Calif. – January 31, 2006 – Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division, has announced the introduction of an innovative, compact portable direct thermal printer that is an ideal solution for medical, test and measurement, voting and other applications. The new DPU-V445 features high reliability, affordability and a range of interfaces for maximum printing flexibility.

“The new DPU-V445 is a key addition to our line of portable printers, offering our customers a cost-effective solution that fits their requirements both in reliability and versatility,” said Bob Falco, director and division manager, Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division. “This printer addresses a critical market need, as a dependable alternative to the more costly, super-rugged mobile printers.”

The DPU-V445 can deliver in a variety of environments, such as providing immediate results in test and measurement applications, and in healthcare, supplying valuable patient records and payment reimbursement forms. Direct thermal printing is the ideal printing technology for these challenging, long-life applications. With few moving parts and no need for ink or toner replacement, Seiko Instruments direct can provide years of worry-free use with minimal operating costs. Reliability for the DPU-V445 is defined as a minimum of 100 million pulses and 50 kilometers of printing while print resolution is 8 dots/mm (203 dpi) at a speed of 80 mm/s with a paper width of 112 mm.

Options include a choice of AC adapter or rechargeable or 9V battery power source, and configuration flexibility with USB and IrDA connectivity alternatives. Operating temperature range for the unit is 0 to 40°C.

As a demonstration of Seiko Instruments continued commitment to its customer’s needs and global environmental standards, the DPU-V445 is being released in compliance of RoHS restrictions on use of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, and PBB and PBDE flame retardants.

For more information about the DPU-V445 portable thermal printer, as well as the entire line of Seiko Instruments Inc. thermal portable printers, subassemblies and mechanisms, contact Seiko Instruments USA Inc., 2990 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505; 310.517.7778; fax 310.517.8154; or email mpdinfo@siu-la.com.

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Seiko Instruments Inc. uses its well-recognized expertise in precision engineering, design miniaturization and quality manufacturing to develop and market over 100 industrial high technology and consumer electronics products in the United States and around the world. The company’s Micro Printer Division offers a wide range of reliable, plug-and-play printer subassemblies, and compact printer mechanisms and accessories. Other divisions offer electronic components and business and home office products.

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