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Black Box Introduces the Emerald Unified KVM Platform

Black Box debuted the Emerald Unified KVM Platform, the first converged KVM solution for distributing high-quality video, audio and peripheral signals throughout both IP and proprietary direct-connect networks.

Black Box said the platform can handle mixed resolutions up to and beyond UHD/4K and any number and combination of physical and virtual desktops and servers.

"As media enterprises continue to migrate from SDI-based signal distribution to all-IP operations, they're looking to leverage IP's virtually unlimited scalability and cost savings through the use of commodity, low-cost hardware. At the same time, virtualization offers even greater potential for reducing IT operational overhead and hardware expenses, and also for building resiliency into the network," said Josh Whitney of Black Box.

"A critical requirement of IP operations is a centralized connectivity platform that can handle the complexities of today's media environments, including 4K video distribution and support for virtualization. The Emerald Platform gives enterprises the ability to deploy both IP and proprietary KVM networks from all Emerald units.”

Customers can scale up as their operation expands by adding endpoints. In this manner, Emerald provides seamless connectivity in a direct-connect SDI environment today, while paving a smooth and easy upgrade path to IP.

Emerald is the first KVM platform to support DisplayPort 1.2 4K video at 60 Hz and 10-bit color depth over standard IP network switches and connections, enabling 4K image transmission with mathematically lossless compression.

But because Emerald is a true hybrid KVM solution, operations still working primarily in HD can add 4K at their own pace and transition individual user groups as the need arises.

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