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4K KVM over IP Matrix Switching
and Extension

Multiple Computer Access over IP and Direct Connect

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Emerald™ 4K KVM over IP is a Unified KVM converged system that delivers pixel-perfect HD or 4K video over an IP network, a proprietary direct connection or both. One that supports any combination and number of physical and virtual desktops and servers. One that provides true USB emulation. That's Unified KVM with Emerald™. Easily access both physical and virtual servers— with virtual machine support for VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix®, using PCoIP, RemoteFX and RDP 8.1. And because the Emerald KVM platform is flexible, you'll never have to worry about being locked into HD, 4K or anything that comes after that. With more capabilities than other KVM solutions currently on the market, Emerald™ delivers superior value, lowering your costs of ownership and saving your IT investments.

Emerald™ Unified KVM Features

  • Remote Computer and Server Access

    Access and manage an unlimited number of servers, PCs, and virtual machines from any location and share resources such as hardware and licenses across a dedicated KVM network, an existing IP network, or even the internet

  • 4K over IP KVM Matrix Switching

    High-performance, secure KVM and AV routing of 4K60 DisplayPort 1.2 and HD DVI video as well as transparent USB 2.0 signals

  • Out-of-Band Remote Server Access

    Secure high-speed access to an unlimited number of endpoints like servers, PCs, and virtual machines

  • Remote BIOS-level Access

    Benefit from BIOS-level access to troubleshoot, reconfigure, reboot and power cycle servers remotely


Emerald™ KVM Matrix Switch Benefits

Futureproof and Scalable KVM

Start with HD and add 4K at your own pace. Scale a small point-to-point extension up to an enterprise KVM matrix of unlimited endpoints by adding additional receivers/transmitters. Choose between a proprietary Emerald™ KVM matrix switch or an IP switch – or combine both.

Network Resilience

Designed with 24/7/365 critical applications in mind, Emerald™ provides for network resilience at every level. Configurable with redundant paths and server endpoints for fail-safe backup. Capable of supporting complete switchover to a backup control room location.

True USB Emulation

True USB emulation, supporting USB HID devices, X-Keys, USB push buttons, Wacom® tablets, USB mass storage and other high-speed USB 2.0 devices.

Remote Access to Virtual Machines

Enable multiple users to access any number of physical and virtual servers and desktops. Support for VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix®, using RDP 8.1, RemoteFX and PCoIP.

4K Pixel-perfect Video Transmission

Extend and distribute HD and 4K video, USB 2.0, and 2-way audio over a local area network. Pixel-perfect image transmission with mathematical lossless compression—every pixel visualised at 60 fps with 10-bit colour depth.

Copper or Fiber Connectivity via SFP Ports

Redundant network interfaces supporting both CATx and fibre connections through SFP slots.

Industry Applications

Emerald™ KVM Matrix Switch Use Cases

Network Application

Application Diagram: Network Application

Application diagram: Emerald KVM matrix combining IP-based and direct connect switching.

Multiple Site Application

Application Diagram: Multiple Site Application

Application diagram: Emerald KVM matrix connecting a control room and a backup site.

Resilient KVM Networks

Application Diagram: Resilient KVM Networks

Application diagram: Emerald KVM transmitters and receivers providing redundant network paths in case of failure.

Product Portfolio

Emerald™ 4K KVM Transmitters/Receivers

4K60 10 bit colour KVM over IP or direct-connect transmitters, DisplayPort 1.2, 4xUSB 2.0, 1xRJ45, 2x SFP+, 1x serial, analogue audio in/out.

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Emerald™ 2K KVM Transmitters/Receivers

HD KVM over IP or direct connect transmitters, 1x (single head) or 2x (dual-head) DVI, 4xUSB 2.0, 1xRJ45, 1x SFP, 1x serial, analog audio in/out.

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Emerald™ KVM Matrix Switches

Depending on the number of endpoints connected and the video resolution required, you can choose between a variety of different IP or proprietary Network Switches supporting 1/10/100 Gbit from 28/32/48 ports.

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Emerald™ SFP Modules

Emerald supports both CATx copper and fibre connections from SFP/SFP+ slots. Choose your SFP module(s) based on the required transmission bandwidth.

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Associated Products

While Emerald™ is a one-of-a-kind solution that opens up the revolutionary new world of Unified KVM, the platform builds upon time-tested KVM technology evolved by Black Box since the early 1990s. Emerald™ works flawlessly with many popular Black Box product families, including: the DKM proprietary direct-connect KVM system; the Freedom II KM Switch for easy switching just by moving a mouse between screens; InvisaPC™ for access to physical and cloud-based virtual servers over IP; the ControlBridge™ system for one-touch, multisystem control; and the award-winning Boxilla™ KVM Manager.

KVM over IP

The InvisaPC™ HD DVI KVM over IP product portfolio is composed of single-head and dual-head transmitters and receivers as well as the InvisaPC™ Manager, supporting access to a maximum of 32 physical and/or virtual servers.

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KVM Manager

Boxilla™ Centralised KVM & AV Manager allows local or global centralised management of KVM networks. Monitor network traffic, add or remove resourcs and users, and prevent unauthorised network access through intrusion detection.

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Freedom II™
KM Switch

This 4 or 8 port USB KM Switch allows switching between up to 8 connected PCs by just moving your mouse from one screen to another. Compatible with all Emerald products.

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Room Control Automation

Versatile touch-based multisystem room control processor. ControlBridge allows control room operators to switch between sources or whole room setups.

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