Microtek showed several new scanner models at the Cebit exhibition held in
Hanover Germany last week. The company also announced their intention to enter
into the digital camera and projector market place while also adding the ArtixScan
DI2010 to its newly established document imaging scanner range.
Since introducing the world's first desktop image scanner for personal computing
in 1984, Microtek have maintained their pioneering tradition and have focused
their creative resources on the cutting edge of image processing technology.
The company claim they have continued to redefine the boundaries of scanning
technology with the continuous creation of significant products and innovations
within the industry for the last two decades.
The ArtixScan 120tf is an advanced, multi format scanner combining dual FireWire
and SCSI-2 interfaces with a 4000dpi resolution, 42-bit colour depth and a 4.2
Dmax to produce razor sharp images, accurate colour and superb shadows/highlights.
With the ArtixScan 120tf, both professional artists and photographers alike
will find it easy and fast to scan a variety of film sizes including 6x9cm,
6x6cm, and 6x4.5cm as well as 35mm mounted slides and 35mm filmstrips.
Also being shown for the very first time were two new dedicated film scanners;
the FilmScan 2700 and FilmScan 3600 ICE. Both units combine high quality with
powerful features at breakthrough prices. FilmScan 2700 with an optical density
of 2700dpi and true 36-bit colour depth is the ideal unit for scanning 35mm
The FilmScan 3600 is a professional quality 35mm scanner capable of scanning
positive and negative strips, slides and up to 40 exposures in a single film
roll. An advanced auto-focusing system ensures sharp results whilst the high
density of 3.6D captures all image highlight and shadow detail. High productivity
is ensured with batch scanning support and the 3600dpi optical resolution allows
output at up to A3 size. The addition of Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE
allows users to scan a damaged photo print and fix scratched, creased and cracked
photos while you scan.
Reflecting the innovative style of Microtek's corporate objectives, Microtek
have identified that the expertise they have can be applied to other areas of
the ever changing IT industry resulting in new products bearing the Microtek
brand name. Furthermore these new products should be at the input level of the
computer industry. One of the first products to reflect this diversification
was the Microtek C783 17" LCD monitor introduced into the American market
place in Autumn 2001. Additional research has shown that one area that represents
a growth opportunity is the field of document imaging. With Microtek's core
expertise being scanner-based technologies, they have now decided to apply that
expertise to developing a range of products specifically for that market place.
The first of the models in that range was the TurboScan 1505u, which is a 15
page per minute black and white or colour, simplex or duplex, document scanner.
The ArtixScan DI 2010 is the second addition to the Microtek document scanner
range and is expected to be available in Q3. This model is the lowest cost 20
page per minute document scanner available in the market today. It offers an
ideal solution for small businesses looking to either archive documents, scan
reports and convert editable text (OCR) or implement a low cost document management
Microtek will also expand their product range to include digital cameras and
projectors. Currently Microtek produce a range of digital cameras that are only
available as OEM products however it is anticipated that Microtek will start
shipping their first two models, the Microtek Take-It S1 and the Cameo T1 in
Europe by the Summer.