Avocent HD Media Extender Now Available

Avocent Corp. is now shipping what it says is the first media extender designed for high-definition video. The Emerge MPX1000 HD Multipoint Extender provides both wired and wireless connectivity within a single product. It incorporates HDMI technology to allow HD content to be moved from one point to multiple destinations.

"This breakthrough in audio-video delivery is a step towards meeting the market's push for higher resolutions by providing true digital picture and sound content delivery to displays for presentation and digital signage applications," said Mitch Friend, senior vice president and general manager of Avocent.

The new product is Avocent's first HD extender and can accommodate high-resolution computer graphics up to 1280x768, and high definition video in resolutions up to 720p. The systems also transmits stereo audio and control data, and can be used with up to eight wired or wireless receivers.

The Emerge MPX1000 product works with standard 10/100 Ethernet wiring up to distances of 3,000 feet, and wirelessly at distances up to 150 feet. It features interchangeable input modules for use with analog VGA or digital HDMI/DVI signals.