06097499 is referenced by 45 patents and cites 18 patents.

Methods and apparatus for using isochronous data transfer mode to communicate between a host computer and a printer. Preferably, the printer receives a sufficient volume of data from the host, such as a computer, over an isochronous communications channel, to begin but not complete one print pass (i.e., line scan or page scan). Subsequently, the print pass is initiated causing a print mechanism to move a printing device relative to a substrate without interruption. Thereafter, sufficient data to complete the pass without interruption is received over the isochronous communications channel during the print pass. The high speed transfer rates afforded by isochronous data transfer allow for printing to be initiated before all of the data necessary to complete a print operation without interruption is received. Moreover, the size of a printer buffer used to store the print data before printing may be considerably reduced to store only a portion of the data needed for an entire print pass.

Title
Methods and apparatus for isochronous printing with minimal buffering
Application Number
8/970368
Publication Number
6097499
Application Date
November 14, 1997
Publication Date
August 1, 2000
Inventor
Charles Thomas Wolfe
Lexington
KY, US
Steven Frank Weed
Lexington
KY, US
Timothy John Rademacher
Lexington
KY, US
Shaun Timothy Love
Lexington
KY, US
Patrick Alan Casey
Frankfort
KY, US
Agent
D Brent Lambert
Frederick H Gribbell
Assignee
Lexmark International
KY, US
IPC
G06F 15/00
B41J 15/00
B41B 15/00
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