SOURCE: Avocent

June 17, 2008 09:07 ET

Avocent Introduces New Wireless Distribution Product That Simplifies Audio Video Installations

New MPX1500T Increases Functionality, Enhances Manageability, Reduces Size

HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today introduced a new model of the Emerge® MPX extender, the MPX1500T high-definition (HD) multipoint extender transmitter, which wirelessly distributes HD content from a source to multiple destinations. Avocent's wireless HD video distribution system is changing the way digital signage systems are being deployed. In the rapidly growing digital signage market, speed of network deployment has been a key advantage for many strategic partners. Avocent's MPX system improves the value proposition for both the end-user and the integrator. For the end-user, wireless digital signage minimizes business disruption by not requiring new wiring and minimizing installation time. For the integrator, wireless video distribution allows a turn-key system to be developed, pre-staged, and then dropped into place at the customer's site.

"Basically, the Avocent wireless system works like a long range video splitter without wires. It just works. The audio video quality and system reliability has far exceeded our expectations," said Mike Reese of Ultimate AV. "In addition, Avocent's web based management has saved us thousands of dollars by allowing us to troubleshoot issues over the Internet without needing to physically go to the customer's site."

Emerge MPX extenders can be deployed for a variety of professional video applications, such as digital signage -- providing panels with live content, entertainment and advertising in retail outlets, theaters, restaurants, airports, gas stations, and other venues. The MPX1500T transmitter has added new functionality for centrally managing the MPX extender and attached devices over the Internet, such as turning displays on or off. The AV infrastructure created by the MPX extenders can be centrally accessed and controlled through a Web management interface. This latest version of the MPX extender expands the status information available, enabling not only general troubleshooting of connections, but more specific details to ensure uptime and reliability. AV and IT managers can now connect to each individual transmitter and receiver to reboot, update, adjust the luminance and chrominance, change the frequency the radio transmits, and various other tuning parameters. For a widely dispersed digital signage network, this minimizes the need to send technical staff onsite for troubleshooting and maintenance.

"Being able to drop in a complete system in a matter of minutes has been a key to the build out of our digital signage network. Without Avocent's wireless system, installation normally could take hours or even days to deploy a single site," said Ethen Cheramie of PetroTV. "The Avocent MPX has been extremely reliable even in our customers' harsh outdoor environments."

The MPX1500T transmitter has a universal media port based upon a digital video interface (DVI) connector. Supporting both digital and analog video signals allows the MPX to use DVI, HDMI, or VGA signals. The product can even perform a VGA to DVI conversion if your source is a computer and your display needs to be digital. The MPX system works like a video splitter and a video extender by wirelessly delivering audio and video to multiple displays up to 1000 feet away. The new MPX extender is dramatically smaller than the previous version allowing for more flexible and convenient mounting options.

"When it comes to wireless HD video distribution, Avocent leads the industry," said Mitch Friend, senior vice president and general manager of Avocent. "With the introduction of the new MPX1500T, we've added a number of features to make it easier for integrators to use and centrally manage highly distributed systems without leaving their desk."

Demonstrations of Avocent's new MPX1500T transmitter will take place at the InfoComm 2008 tradeshow, Avocent Booth #N6925 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18 - 20, 2008. Additional details about the MPX1500T and the entire Emerge MPX family can be found at The MPX1500T is now available and priced at a MSRP of $995 USD.

About Avocent Professional A/V Products

The Avocent connectivity and control business unit 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:

About Avocent Corporation

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. Additional information is available at:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding market opportunity, product development, engineering and design activities, and product availability and operability. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, risks associated with reliance on a limited number of component suppliers and single source components, and risk associated with obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in Avocent's reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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