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Formatter system

The formatter is responsible for the following:
The formatter receives print data from the bidirectional Extended Capabilities Port
(ECP) mode interface and converts it into a dot image. The ECU synchronizes the
image formation system with the paper feed system and signals the formatter to send
the print image data. The formatter sends the print image data (dots) in the form of a
video signal and the printing process begins.
Central processing unit
The formatter incorporates an MCF5202 custom microprocessor operating at 35
megahertz (MHz).
Random-access memory (RAM)
Parallel interface
The formatter receives incoming data through its ECP interface. This interface
provides high speed and two-way communication between the printer and the host,
allowing the user to change printer settings and monitor printer status from the host
controlling the optional document scanner
formatting and controlling copies
receiving and processing print data from the printer interface
monitoring the control panel and relaying printer status information
developing and coordinating data placement and timing with the print engine
communicating with the host computer through the bidirectional interface
One bank of Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM) stores parameters
DRAM (Dynamic RAM) provides temporary storage of copy, scan, and print data
Functional Overview : Formatter system 44



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