Raster Image Processor (rip)

The hardware engine which calculates the bit-mapped image of text and graphics from a series of instructions. It may, or may not, understand a page description language but the end result should, if the device has been properly designed, be the same. Typical rips which aren’t pdl-based include the tall trees jlaser, the lasermaster and ast’s turbolaser controller. A basic page printer comes with a controller and not a rip which goes some way to explaining the lack of control

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