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Ricoh Adds 'Embedded Software Architecture' and Expands Its Developer Program10/20/2004
Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment,
today announced the introduction of its Embedded Software Architecture Software Development Kit (SDK/J), a state-ofthe-
art application enabling developers to build tightly integrated solutions that will streamline customer processes and
document handling. Ricoh also announced today the global extension of its successful Developer Program to Europe.
A valuable addition to Ricoh's Developer Program, SDK/J is a main development tool that allows Systems Integrators
(SIs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and In-House Developers to deliver customized Java-based solutions
hosted on Multi-Function Products (MFPs) and Laser Printers (LPs). A Java J2ME-compliant application, it enables
third-parties to combine their own solutions with Ricoh's industry-leading hardware in order to maintain application
compatibility across multiple MFP devices and LPs. Ricoh selected Java to support the rapid expansion of web-based
solutions and services, to leverage the number of engineers using the language, and to exploit the machineindependent
"The Embedded Software Architecture SDK provides first-class technical support for the developer community with the
growing needs of the end-user in mind. SDK/J affords businesses the versatility to attain a distinct advantage over the
competition with a solution tailored to their operational needs," said Hede Nonaka, vice president of marketing for
The SDK/J solution can control most aspects of the device operation panel as well as the device core capabilities such
as printing, scanning, and saving files and it also features User Interface APIs. The types of applications that can be
run through SDK/J include Panel Operation-Oriented "Thin Client," Java Servlet Based Web Applications and
Background Applications. The SDK/J applications can run on an emulator to test functionalities, such as LCD panel
and scanning/printing, without an actual device. It can also emulate live network functions such as FTP, HTTP, SMTP,
SMB and web services.
The SDK package includes an install CD and SD Card which feature MFP classes, an emulator, sample programs and
online technical documents as well as Java VM, Foundation Classes and an Application Loader. Additionally, Ricoh
will launch a Web site this November highlighting detailed information on SDK/J and providing the ability to purchase
the solution online.
About Ricoh Corporation
Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 68-year-old
leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2003 sales in excess of $15.7 billion.
Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of multifunctional document systems, including color and black & white digital
imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems.
Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through partners that enhance
office productivity and document workflow.
Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South
America. For fiscal year 2003, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $2.8 billion.
Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://
The "Embedded Software Architecture" logo depicts a 'bridge' symbolizing the connectivity possibilities between Ricoh,
Lanier, Savin and Gestetner platforms and external developer solutions.
Ricoh's "Embedded Software Architecture" and the "Ricoh Developer Program" (RiDP) are trademarks of Ricoh
Company, Ltd. Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
Other company names and product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners.