Mercury RIP Architecture


The Mercury RIP Architecture is a parallel processing framework for dynamically managing multiple instances of the Adobe PDF Print Engine, working in tandem on multi-core, networked or cloud platforms. For a given hardware platform, a Mercury-certified system maximizes efficiency, ensuring optimal usage of the available resources. Processing of jobs, pages and complete signatures occurs in parallel, and can be load balanced, ensuring that no CPUs are idle while jobs are waiting to be rendered. With the Mercury RIP Architecture, PDF Print Engine can scale up to drive high-volume production on a single press, or across multiple presses.
The following prepress solutions have been certified on the Mercury RIP architecture:
  • Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 (Océ PRISMAsync)
  • Canon ImagePRESS C7011VPS (Océ PRISMAsync)
  • Canon ImagePress Server B5000 (EFI Fiery)
  • Fujifilm JetPress 540W and 720F (XMF) 
  • Fuji Xerox 1400 Inkjet PPSP
  • Heidelberg PrimeFire 106
  • Screen TruePress Jet 520HD (EQUIOS)
  • Xeikon X-800
  • Xerox iGen 4 (EFI Fiery)
  • Xerox Versant 3100 (EFI Fiery)
  • Ricoh Pro VC60000 & VC40000 (TotalFlow R600A)
  • Gallus Labelfire 340


Tile Parallel Processing (TPP) is a feature of the Mercury RIP Architecture. It accelerates system performance for large surfaces by sub-diving them into smaller sections, each of which is assigned to a separate instance of APPE, running on a separate CPU core. By processing multiple tiles in parallel, and then seamlessly re-assembling them, TPP significantly reduces overall rendering time for posters, signage and architectural drawings.
The Mercury RIP Architecture is the result of Adobe’s continuing research and investment in the Adobe PDF Print Engine. It can easily scale to drive the fastest digital presses in the market today . . . and tomorrow.