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CIPA PictBridge: between digital cameras and printers

We’ve already mentioned that CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) was developing a new industry universal interface for interconnecting digital still cameras and color printers. And finally CIPA (that includes 22 permanent and 16 associate members — Canon, Casio Computer, Fuji Photo Film, Hewlett-Packard Japan, Konica, Kyocera, Matsushita Electric, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus Optical, Pentax, Ricoh, Sanyo Electric, Seiko Precision, Sharp, Sony, Fuji Xerox, Hitachi, Kodak, Polaroid, Samsung, Seiko Epson, Toshiba, etc.) announced the specifications of PictBridge interface or CIPA DC-001-2003.

PictBridge defines an interface for full-duplex camera-printer interaction, that provides full compatibility with products of various makers.

As planned, USB 2.0 was chosen as the first interface for PictBridge, at that a digital camera operates as a "USB device" and a printer – as a "USB host". In the future PictBridge specs are to be moved to other interface types, USB On-The-Go (USB OTG), in particular. In the future new versions of PictBridge will be updated in printers and cameras via firmware upgrade.

CIPA plans to promote PictBridge as a worldwide universal standard. We should see the standard logo in March and the first PictBridge-enabled devices in summer.

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