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Built-In Printer Capability for PC Portables

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105999D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anand, VK: AUTHOR

Abstract

Portable Personal Computers are meant to be useful for people to carry information along with them. It would be helpful and, if portable PCs (laptops, computer notebooks, etc.) had built-in printers. Business executives would not have to carry another printer along with portables. Having a separate printer needs a cable, etc., to connect to the portable PC and two pieces of equipment which need to be carried. A printer should be part of portable PCs. It should be designed in such a way that the printer can be slid in, so that the compactness of the portables can still be maintained. It would increase the size of the portable a little bit, but think of the facility it provides for people who really want to print from their portables without the hassle of carrying other equipment.

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Built-In Printer Capability for PC Portables

      Portable Personal Computers are meant to be useful for people
to carry information along with them.  It would be helpful and, if
portable PCs (laptops, computer notebooks, etc.) had built-in
printers.  Business executives would not have to carry another
printer along with portables.  Having a separate printer needs a
cable, etc., to connect to the portable PC and two pieces of
equipment which need to be carried.  A printer should be part of
portable PCs.  It should be designed in such a way that the printer
can be slid in, so that the compactness of the portables can still be
maintained.  It would increase the size of the portable a little bit,
but think of the facility it provides for people who really want to
print from their portables without the hassle of carrying other
equipment.

      A built-in printer for portable PCs can be made as an option or
it can be designed in such a way that it can be removed form portable
PC and make the PC a little more compact, so that people who do not
want to have a printer need not carry the extra weight.  The printer
should be designed in such a way that it can be slid into the PC when
not used and should not add much weight to the PC.

The printer should at least have the following features:

1.  Letter Quality Printing

2.  Eight inch print line across page

3.  Standard Paper or Transparencies

4.  4KB integrated buffer

      Since portables are used mostly for...