Matrox Intros New Multi-System Control Feature For IP KVM Extenders

Matrox Graphics has developed a multi-system control feature for its Extio 3 IP KVM extenders that allows an Extio 3 receiver unit to aggregate multiple video streams coming from different Extio 3 transmitter units.

With the new feature, called Aggregator Mode, multiple computer desktops can be viewed and controlled simultaneously from an Extio 3 receiver unit with a single keyboard and mouse. Moving the mouse across a multi-screen desktop of up to four displays shifts control instantly from one computer to the next, providing users with unprecedented operational efficiency. The company said Aggregator Mode is ideal for a wide range of applications including process control, industrial and automation, military and defense, healthcare, broadcast and post-production. Aggregator Mode will be demonstrated at the InfoComm 2019 Show in Orlando, Florida.

Caroline Injoyan, business development manager at Matrox Graphics Inc., said that in addition to providing 4Kp60 and quad 1080p60 4:4:4 performance at low bitrates, Aggregator Mode provides users of the Extio 3 Series cards and appliances with an efficient workspace. This, she said, is essential in 24/7 environments where operators can now pull and view critical information from multiple system data points to make timely, well-informed decisions.

Aggregator Mode streamlines user operations by providing a unified view of information coming from different computer systems. Users have the flexibility to define which computer desktop gets mapped to which screen attached to the Extio 3 receiver unit. They can select the video sources from the Extio on-screen-display (OSD), and then create and save layouts through its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface.

Extio 3’s Aggregator Mode supports computers with multiple video outputs, including independent or stretched desktop mode, while remote user-station setups can be arranged in various configurations such as 4x1, 3x1, 2x1 or 2x2. Guest connections are also available for collaborative environments, where different users can connect to the same source system simultaneously, with or without USB control.

Aggregator Mode is built into Matrox Extio 3 IP KVM extenders, minimizing equipment cost and maintenance. It also does not require any additional software to be installed on the source computer system, ensuring that all system certifications remain intact for a truly seamless and simplified KVM installation.

Aggregator Mode will be available as a free Extio 3 firmware and Matrox Extio Central Manager software upgrade in Q4 2019.

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