Zebra Introduces New P420i Card Printer

 
Zebra Announces New Brand Identity for Card Printers
CAMARILLO, Calif., September 15, 2003 — Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a worldwide leader in bar code labeling and card printing solutions, today introduced the P420i dual-sided color card printer, the latest addition to its i Series Intelligent Printing System family, at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Conference, September 15-17 in New Orleans, LA.

The P420i is an intelligent printer that harnesses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to automate key processes and make it easier to use. This is key for government agencies and in busy, high-rise office buildings where high-quality security and photo ID badges need to be generated on demand over multiple shifts. Housed in a robust metal enclosure with a viewing window, the P420i features an easy to use operator control panel with LCD display. With its small size and quiet operation, the P420i is ideal for desktop and countertop use.

Incorporating Zebra's i Series intelligent Windows driver, the P420i features easy to use tools to make the computer-hardware interface easier than ever. These tools include automatic detection of the printer model and firmware version, magnetic encoder and ribbon type. The i Series Windows driver operates with Microsoft Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP. i Series printer drivers offer several enhancements to product reliability, user convenience and ease of installation. These include an InstallShield based wizard, custom installation and capacity to download firmware directly from the driver.

"The P420i expands our i Series product offering, making dual-sided color card printing easier and more accessible for non-technical end-users," said Afram Chamoun, Director of Product Solutions and Management. "The enhancements to ease of installation, product reliability, and user convenience will make the P420i the printer of choice for dual-sided printing applications with end users."

i Series Intelligent Printing System

Zebra's i Series card printers feature an intelligent printing system using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, which nearly eliminates the need for user intervention through the following features:

Automatic Driver Configuration
Automatic Ribbon Detection
Enhanced Image Quality
"Load and Go" Operation
Ribbon Low Notification
TrueColours® Ribbon System

All i Series printers utilize i Series TrueColours® ribbons. The new High Color formulation produces superior print quality and a more vibrant range of color reproduction. The ribbon system also features wider ribbons for edge-to-edge printing and maximum card coverage. These i Series features make card printing a simple function for even non-technical personnel.

i Series Enhanced Performance

The printer's performance is maximized through the printer's Image Profile and advanced image data processing, which enhance colors printed on cards for improved print quality in photo ID applications and produces a card printed with greater detail, image sharpness, and color control.

Basic Specifications

Full-Color, Dual Sided Printing
100 Card Capacity Feeder and Output Hopper
Two-line LCD display with printer status and user commands
Rugged metal enclosure with transparent viewing window
Options Include: USB, Ethernet Interfaces, Magnetic Encoder, Smart Card Contact Station

Availability

The P420i is scheduled for volume production starting in November 2003.
About Zebra Card Printer Solutions
A world leader in desktop card printers, Zebra Card Printer Solutions is a division of Zebra Technologies Corporation, which delivers innovative and reliable on-demand printing solutions to businesses and governments in more than 100 countries around the world. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra brand thermal barcode label and receipt printers and plastic card printers (formerly branded Eltron®), resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs and better customer service. Information about Zebra card printers can be found at www.zebracard.com. Information about Zebra Technologies can be found at www.zebra.com.

Contact Information
Zebra Technologies Corporation
Card Imaging Division
Trade Media, U.S.:
Jennifer Sylvestre
805 578 7105
jsylvestre@zebra.com

Investor Relations:
Douglas A. Fox
847 793 6735
dfox@zebra.com
Trade Media, EMEA.:
Mark Thomson
+44 870 241 1527
mthomson@zebra.com
Trade Media, Asia Pacific:
Karl-August Thiele
+65 6885 0831
kthiele@zebra.com