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Black Box: 4K and SDI boost for KVM tools

The new KVM DisplayPort CATx Extender is being showcased at IBC2014. The KVM extender can transmit either two 1920 x 1200 video streams or one 4K (3840 x 2160) video stream over a single CAT6/7 cable.

The system is uncompressed, sending every pixel of every frame without loss. The receiver supports DisplayPort Dual Mode (DP++), meaning monitors that only support HDMI or DVI can be used, assuming they have the correct adapter cable.

Black Box said the DisplayPort 4K extender could enable users to locate critical computing hardware in a secure and temperature controlled environment away from their workstations, while maintaining the same user desktop experience.

Black Box has also used IBC to update the broadcast video functionality for the DKM HD video and matrix switch system. This copper/fibre hybrid solution provides KVM, video routing, and switching and signal conversion in a single, convergent platform.

By using modular SFP (Small Form-Factor pluggable) technology from Embrionix, the DKM matrix switch can now be used with SDI technology. The SFPs will also support and extend HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and HDMI video connections, as well as state-of-the-art KVM signals. Realtime signal conversion is also supported between SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and HDMI through specialised SFP connections.

The DKM FX line features redundant power supplies and a robust, scalable modular architecture.