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Mita to sell multifunction device

Its MIP-650, designed for the home office and small businesses, serves as a printer, fax, copier, and scanner.

Mita has joined the rapidly expanding multifunctional peripheral (MFP) market, competing with recent releases from Hewlett-Packard and Xerox.

The printer company has launched its MIP-650 multitask laser imaging system, designed for the home office and small businesses. Printer, fax, copying, and scanning capabilities are integrated into one unit.

In addition to the six pages-per-minute laser printer, the MIP-650 features a 14.4-kbps modem laser fax component with a Quick Scan feature that allows users to scan documents into memory while the unit is transmitting or receiving.

Users can also use the industry-standard, Twain-compatible serial interface to scan documents, graphics, and photos directly into PCs.

The MIP-650 includes built-in fax/telephone switching, which allows home office users to take advantage of the fax capability with only one phone line.

The device will cost under $700.

Mita's launch of the MIP-650 comes in the wake of market research which indicates that the all-in-one product is the fastest-growing segment of the printer market. According to CAP Ventures, one in five computer accessories bought by 2000 will be a MFP.

Another market research firm, International Data Corporation, estimates that the number of personal MFPs sold will grow by 29 percent to 3.9 million in 2001.