Avocent Expands Family of Products that Enable Video Signal Processing

Company introduces six new Avocent Emerge® Products for end-to-end video processing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 28th, 2008 - Avocent Corporation (Nasdaq: AVCT) today added six new products to its Emerge product family, a new set of solutions for video processing. The Emerge VSS products enable AV industry professionals the ability to easily upscale or downscale video to different resolutions and convert video from DVI to VGA or VGA to DVI. The Emerge VSM product combines video and audio switching with a video scaler and converter. Avocent‘s new video signal processing products offer customers the ability to manipulate video signals to meet their needs. These new products have been designed for professional AV environments such as stadiums, conference rooms, corporate boardrooms, universities and hotels.

“Avocent is at the forefront of the IT and AV convergence and we believe these new Emerge products will make it much easier for organizations to handle video processing,” said Mitch Friend, senior vice president and general manager of Avocent. “Simplifying AV signals for our customers opens new opportunities for today‘s integrators.”

The new Avocent Emerge products support scaling, converting, switching and distribution of video signals. The product series compliments Avocent‘s existing line of Emerge products by enabling both front-end and back-end processing of video. The products will help Avocent dealers, integrators, and end-users by allowing more options in AV system development and configuration.

The Avocent Emerge VSS1000P VGA scaler provides high quality conversion from composite and S-Video formats to computer or HDTV signals and bidirectional high quality conversion between computer graphics and HDTV signals in a compact package. The Avocent Emerge VSS1000H HDMI video scaler is a high bandwidth, professional quality product that accepts HDMI signals, DVI signals (via DVI to HDMI cable), PC generated RGB signals (up to WUXGA), HD Component signals (YPbPr/YCbCr, 480i up to 1080i), S-Video and Composite video signals as valid inputs. The Avocent Emerge VSS1000PD product allows conversion from DVI to VGA and VGA to DVI with signal processing capability for scaling.

The Avocent Emerge VSM2000 presentation switcher and scaler solution provides high scaling to Analog or DVI Computer or HDTV signals. NTSC and PAL video standards are supported. Video Inputs are 2x Composite, 2x S-Video and 1x YUV Component or YPbPr. A computer bypass is also provided. RGB/YPbPr scaling permits the computer input signals to be scaled with the same flexibility as the video inputs. The output is selectable as any computer resolution up to 2048x2048 at any vertical refresh rate and all HDTV resolutions up to 1080p. A wide variety of computer signal formats are available to support PC, Mac and workstation formats.

The Avocent Emerge DA1200P PC/VGA distribution amplifier provides two outputs for use in any application requiring multiple outputs from a single PC or other VGA sources. The Avocent Emerge DA1200D DVI-D distribution amplifier with HDCP are compact, high performance products designed to meet the most demanding requirements for the distribution of DVI signals with HDCP copy protection.

These new products will be available in the first quarter of 2008. Demonstrations of Avocent‘s new Emerge solutions will take place at the Integrated Systems Europe tradeshow, Avocent booth (Hall 1, Booth #I119) in Amsterdam, Netherlands January 29th - 31st, 2008.

About Avocent Professional A/V Products

The Avocent connectivity and control division offers managed AV infrastructure solutions for professional audio/video and broadcast markets. Our Emerge product family allows industry professionals to deliver innovative wired and wireless solutions for AV and KVM extension, switching, distribution, and signal processing needs. For additional information visit: www.connectivity.avocent.com.

About Avocent

Avocent delivers IT infrastructure management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management and increase the availability of critical, "always on" IT environments via integrated, centralized in-band and out-of-band hardware and software. Through LANDesk, Avocent also is a leading provider of systems, security, and process management solutions. Additional information is available at: www.avocent.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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