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I worked at EFI, a couple of years ago. At that time, EFI was the mini microsoft of it's industry. EFI was uncontested in it's domination of RIP (Raster Image Processing) Servers for color copiers. Second best was Splash, and you know what happened to them. Currently, I'm not aware of any signifigant competitors to EFI, so EFI is still probably the mini microsoft in its arena.

Technology wise, EFI's ideas haven't changed all that much. Make faster RIP controller with better color. Announcements of new servers are really just faster microprocessors/motherboard.

The ColorPass line sold via Canon is actually a standard RIP server with a white box and a different name. ColorPass is not new. It's been around for two years. The announcement about the new server is probably advertising a faster RIP server.

Xerox is actually a customer of EFI. Xerox makes the copier. EFI makes the RIP server. EFI probably bought Splash because Splash is a RIP vendor that exclusively serves Xerox. A weakness for Xerox means a weakness for Splash. Xerox fostered the exclusivity of Splash as a competitive advantage, but doing so made made Splash dependent on the fortunes of Xerox. Splash is also quite good at Color Science, another prize acquired during the acquisition.
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