Patent Number: 7,046,386

Title: Bandwidth booster for aging printer ASICs

Abstract: A method triggers a printer (106) to receive a signal (300) from a print engine (202) indicating the initiation of the transmission of print data; transmits a shorter signal (302) to a printer ASIC (204), in response to receiving a first signal; receives a first line of data to be printed from the printer ASIC (204); receives a second signal from the print engine (202); transmits a second shorter signal to the printer ASIC (204), in response to receiving a signal; receives a second line of data to be printed from the printer ASIC (204); and transmits the first line of data to the print engine (202). This allows a slower printer ASIC (204) to be used with a faster print engine (202).

Inventors: Davenport; Perry E. (Longmont, CO), Lucky; Richard S. (Louisville, CO), Szeto; Kin H. (Longmont, CO)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06K 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018