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Fujitsu Introduces the Next Generation ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Scanner

Simple, Speedy and Direct Scanning to your Smartphones and Tablets

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, January 07, 2013

Fujitsu, a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions today announced the launch of the ScanSnap iX500, the next generation desktop scanner. The new ScanSnap iX500 will be available on January 7, 2013.

Built with the newly developed image processing engine "GI"1 which supports the latest Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 interfaces, the new ScanSnap iX500 gives users the ability to scan and save information directly from the scanner with their smartphones or tablets over the local Wi-Fi network2. This feature offers users the advantage of capturing documents on their mobile devices without having to turn on their personal computer.

To improve scanning efficiency, the ScanSnap iX500 delivers a better paper feeding performance and faster scanning speed of 25 sheets per minute, a 25% increase in speed as compared to its predecessors the ScanSnap S1500 and S1500M3. ScanSnap iX500 also features some enhancements to its quick menu and other office productivity softwares such as CardMinder.

“With features such as the ability to scan directly to smart devices, enhanced speed and improved feeding performance, the ScanSnap iX500 offers users the convenience of capturing documents for viewing on the move with their mobile devices,” said Janet Tan, Regional Director of Fujitsu Imaging Products. “With the increasing adoption of smart devices amongst office professionals and home consumers today, the new generation ScanSnap iX500 proves to be a game changer by allowing smart devices users to have access to scanned documents with just a press on the button.”

The iX500 comes with the following new key features:

  1. Direct Scanning to Mobile Devices and New “GI” Imaging Processor Architecture
    Users can now scan documents directly to their smartphone and tablet devices via a Wi-fi2 network and the scanned information can be easily saved in either the popular PDF or JPEG file format instantly. The ScanSnap iX500 is equipped with an image processing engine “GI” processor which can achieve quality image processing while supporting the latest USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi1 interfaces.
  2. High-speed Scanning of 25 sheets per minute (25% Faster as Compared with Previous Models)
    Whether the ScanSnap iX500 scanner is connected to the personal computers or smart devices, it can perform high-speed and reliable document scanning of 25 sheets per minute, 25% faster as compared with its predecessors S1500 and S1500M3. To ensure that users get the scan quality they want every time, the ScanSnap iX500 continues to provide automatic image correction capabilities such as size, color detection and blank page removal to ensure that users get the quality scans every time.
  3. Improved Paper Feeding Performance and Documents Separation Method
    The ScanSnap iX500 incorporates the professional document separation method with durable brake rollers4, which are similarly employed by the popular Fujitsu fi-series professional scanners to provide better paper feeding performance and reliability for large volume document scanning. The ScanSnap iX500 is also equipped with ultrasonic sensors which can detect whether two or more documents have been simultaneously fed into the scanner and help users avoid missing images during scans.

The ScanSnap iX500 will also offer the following key enhancements to the software bundle to help users better organize their documents:

  1. Improved Quick Menu Interface
    The iX500 quick menu includes Favorites and Recommended modes for users to easily select their choice after scanning a document. The Favorite mode will allow users to choose their usual choice of applications while the recommended mode will automatically recommend suitable choices of applications after assessing the size of the scanned document.
  2. Faster Creation of Searchable PDFs
    It is easier and faster to create searchable PDFs with iX500 as the scanner is capable of scanning and performing Optical Character Recognition (OCR)5 processing simultaneously. This practically reduces the time needed to scan by up to 45% as compared with the previous S1500 and S1500M models6.
  3. Improved Business Card Management Software “CardMinder”
    The business card management software “CardMinder” bundled with the ScanSnap iX500 now supports both Windows® and Mac operating systems. The software also supports business cards in 11 languages including English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

With the launch of the ScanSnap iX500, there are other notable changes:

  1. Launch of iX500 Deluxe Model with Rack2-Filer Smart V1.0 and Magic Desktop V1.0
    The iX500 scanners bundled with the popular document filing software Rack2-Filer Smart V1.0 with Magic Desktop V1.0 will be launched as “ScanSnap iX500 Deluxe”. The current scanners S1300i and S1100 bundled with the Rack2-Filer software will also be launched as “ScanSnap S1300i Deluxe” and “ScanSnap S1100 Deluxe”, respectively.
  2. Latest Version of “ScanSnap Connect Application”
    Starting from 7th January 2013, the ScanSnap Connect Application will be available as a free download2 from Google Play and App Store.
  3. List Price & Product Release Date
    The list price and product release dates may vary in different sales regions.

Product Home Page

-Fujitsu global site product information-

-Fujitsu Portal Site-


ScanSnap, CardMinder, Rack2-Filer Smart and Magic Desktop are registered trademarks of PFU Limited in Japan. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Wi-Fi is a trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple, Inc.
Other company names and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies.


  1. The GI processor is developed independently by Fujitsu which is equipped with a dual-core CPU using SoC (system-on-chip) to perform both image processing and support the latest interfaces (Wi-Fi, USB3.0).
  2. To scan and capture scanned documents directly on smartphone or tablet, a Wi-Fi access point / router is required to establish a Wi-Fi network connection and the latest version of the “ScanSnap Connect Application” must also be installed on the smart device. The “ScanSnap Connect Application” will be supported on smart devices equipped with versions of iOS 4.3, Android™ OS 2.2 or later versions. Please check the Fujitsu global site product information page for the latest support information.
  3. The S1500 and S1500M scans at 20 sheets per minute at 300 dpi resolution for color documents. The scan speed described for iX500 is maximum speed of the hardware, while the actual scan time also includes the processing time of the software such as the time required to transfer data.
  4. The recommended replacement cycle for dedicated consumables (roller set) is one year or 200,000 sheets, which is up to two times as compared with the previous model.
  5. The OCR processing is performed during scanning and the text information added to the searchable PDF during its creation.
  6. This value is measured by Fujitsu when various selected documents were scanned under similar conditions. Six types of prescribed documents were scanned at 200dpi at 20 pages (10 sheets for duplex mode) under the recommended PC operating system environment. The processing time may vary depending on users operating environment and document contents.
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Date: 07 January, 2013
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd