Brother Debuts Mobile Printing Solution For Blackberry


Brother International Corp. has introduced its new BlackBerry printing software and software development kit (SDK) for its MPrint MW-140BT mobile printer, featuring Bluetooth wireless technology. The new Brother MPrint software allows users to print from BlackBerry messages, tasks, and calendar on A7 size (4.1-inches by 2.9-inches) MPrint paper. The Brother MPrint SDK for Blackberry devices provides the tools for software developers to integrate MW-140BT printing into their mobile BlackBerry applications, officials said.

Bridgewater, N.J.-based Brother’s software adds a ‘Print’ menu option in each of the three BlackBerry applications. The MPrint SDK for BlackBerry toolset includes a Bluetooth connection library, classes for the MPrint ESC/P command set, and methods for printing via the Bluetooth wireless interface.

The MPrint software and SDK for BlackBerry currently supports only the English language. However, multi-language support for German, Spanish, Italian, and French is planned for release later this year, the company said.

The software and SDK are compatible with BlackBerry devices with Bluetooth technology, currently the BlackBerry 7100 series, the 7200 series, and the 7520. BlackBerry OS version 4.0.2 or higher is required.

Three MPrint mobile printer models are available: The MW-100, which has USB and IrDA interfaces; the MW-120, with USB, Serial and IrDA interfaces; and the new MW-140BT, with USB and Bluetooth interfaces. All other product features are identical.

The MPrint ultra-portable mobile printers measures 6.3-inches by 3.9-inches by 0.7-inches, and weighs less than 11 ounces. Included with each printer are a 50-sheet paper cassette and a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery capable of printing up to 100 pages on a single charge. The MPrint printers produces crisp, quiet 300 dpi printing on five different media cassettes, including notepaper, self-adhesive labels, and two-ply carbon copy sheets, officials said.

The estimated street price for the MW-140BT is US$399.