Definition

raster image processor (RIP)

Part of the Multimedia and graphics glossary:

RIP is also an abbreviation for Routing Information Protocol .

A raster image processor (RIP) is a hardware or combination hardware/software product that converts images described in the form of vector graphics statements into raster graphics images or bitmap s. For example, laser printers use RIPs to convert images that arrive in vector form (for example, text in a specified font ) into rasterized and therefore printable form.

RIPs are also used to enlarge images for printing. They use special algorithm s (such as error diffusion and schochastic ) to provide large blow-ups without loss of clarity.

This was last updated in March 2011
Contributor(s): Dave Hatfield and Carl Wester
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • QHD (quad high definition)

    - QHD (Quad High Definition) is a resolution standard for high-end monitors, televisions and mobile devices. QHD is specified as 2560x1440 pixels at a16x9 aspect ratio, four times that of 720p stan... (WhatIs.com)

  • qHD (quarter high definition)

    - qHD (quarter high definition) is a resolution standard for mobile devices. qHD became common on higher end smartphones as well as the Playstation Vita in 2011. (WhatIs.com)

  • Xerox

    - Xerox is a provider of document-related technology and services. Xerox derives from xerography, more commonly known as photocopying. The company's technology was the de facto standard for many yea... (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Multimedia and graphics

    - Terms related to multimedia, including graphics, animation and video definitions and words and phrases about images and sound.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.