KVM extender supports both USB, DVI signals
June 19, 2008 -- At InfoComm 2008, Adder launched its AdderLink X-DVI, an extender device designed to send both USB and DVI signals over the same Cat 6 cable.
The company says the X-DVI targets users that require superior video resolutions for use in industries such as medical and broadcast, and for applications such as graphic design, drafting, and animation. The device supports the extension of USB keyboards and mice and HD video over distances up to 165 feet.
"For some time KVM equipment manufacturers have only offered two solutions for KVM extenders with DVI, either expensive products using fiber-optic cables or less expensive products using copper that compromise video quality by limiting color depth, refresh rate, or by reducing sharpness," comments Nigel Dickens, Adder's CTO. "The whole point with DVI is that there should be no compromise and that the video image is pixel perfect. The X-DVI offers a no compromise DVI solution at a low price, showcasing Adder's engineering expertise in a product that will be ideally suited for applications that require faultless digital video performance."
Supporting plug and play operation, the AdderLink X-DVI transfers DDC EDID information from the screen so that the video card is always set up, says the company. The extender is flash upgradeable, and can be interface-powered at the computer end, avoiding the need for additional power sockets. For video-only applications, an optional power supply can be purchased.
"The exciting result of our engineering is that despite the use of some very sophisticated circuits, [our] DVI KVM solutions can be delivered at a price comparable to current professional analog extension products," adds Dickens.
The AdderLink X-DVI will be available beginning in the fall of 2008.