The Synergy Color Plotter

Company history:

Synergy was founded by a group of hardware and software technical experts, with broad, in-depth experience in electrostatic technology. Recognizing the need for a true electrostatic plotting system (rather than just a plotting peripheral) which could off-load the complex and time-consuming graphics data processing task from the host computer or workstation, they founded Synergy Computer Graphics to design and manufacture such an advanced system.

The ColorWriter 400:

Synergy's premier product, the ColorWriter 400, was in the design, development and test process for three years, before it was unveiled at the Design Automation Conference in June of 1987. The ColorWriter 400 is the worlds fist single pass, 400 sot per inch full color electrostatic plotting system. It is also the fastest product in the industry, plotting at a continuous speed of up to one-half inch per second on a 36-inch wide media (opaque and translucent electrographic paper or clear film).

With internal processing power equivalent to an eighty four MIPS computer, the ColorWriter 400 is capable of on-board processing of such complex hierarchical data formats as GDS-2, Clama Stream or IEGS, which frees the host computer or workstation to perform the design process for which it they were intended. In addition ColorWriter 400 is a true networking device, which can accept and process data from as many as eight different sources, in eight different formats, simultaneously. The ColorWriter 400 is the ideal solution for engineering and design analysis (CAD, CAE, CAM), physical science research, seismic, and geophysical applications, as well as biological and chemical research and the graphic arts. Even before the product was formally introduced, Nippon Steel Corporation, one of the largest manufacturing organizations in Japan, ordered five ColorWriter 400 systems for use in their design centers.

Synergy ColorWriter 400

Single Pass, 400 DPI, Full Color Electrostatic Plotting System

General Specifications:

Writing method________________Single Pass, Electrostatic Resolution____________________400 Dots Per Inch
Plotting speeds________________0.5, 0.25, 0.125 Inch/second
Media advance speed___________2.0 inch/second

Number of colors______________Plotter palette unlimited. .......................................................Colors available are .......................................................dependent upon users .......................................................software capability.

Plotting width_________________34.23 inches (86.97 cm)
Dot size_____________________5 mil.
Registration accuracy___________+/- .5 Dot
Total writing nibs______________13,696 per head

Data rate at maximum media speed_____1.36 million bytes per ................................................................second

Certification__________________FCC, Part 15, Subpart J, ......................................................Class A

Operating Supplies:

Media type________________________________Electrographic paper (opaque or translucent) Electrographic film
Media width_______________________________36 inches (94.1 cm)
Media length_______________________________Paper: 500 feet (152.4 m) Film: 200 feet (60.9 m)
Toner complement__________________________Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Toner capacity_____________________________2 gallon (7.5 liter), each color
Toner concentrate capacity___________________16 Oz. (0.5 liter), each color

Environment:

Operating temperature_______________________65( to 85( F (18( to 27( C) 65( to 75( F for maximum output quality
Operating humidity__________________________30% to 60% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Physical Characteristics:

Height___________________________________46 inches (117 cm)
Width___________________________________63 inches (160 cm)
Depth___________________________________44 inches (112 cm)
Weight _________________________________1200 pounds (545 kg)

Power Requirements:

Voltage_________________________________100/120/220/240 VAC +/- 10%
Frequency_______________________________48 to 62 Hz
Operating power__________________________1600 Watts

This page was last updated on October 5, 1996