We’ve had KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches for controlling multiple computers from one set of user-interface devices for a long, long time. Go back far enough, and you were switching RS-232 ports to control multiple computers or other devices with one serial terminal. Here’s what they looked like back in the day:
In those days, these KVM switches could be entirely mechanical. Now, they can’t. There are different video resolutions, different coding and compression standards, there’s video over IP (Ethernet), etc. Today’s KVM switch is also a many-to-many converter. Your vintage rotary switch isn’t going to cut it for today’s Pro AV and Broadcast applications.
If you need to meet this kind of design challenge—today—you need low-latency video codecs like H.265/HEVC and compression standards such as TICO; you need 4K and 8K video resolution with conversion to and from HD; and you need compatibility and interoperability with all sorts of connectivity standards including 3G/12G SGI and high-speed Ethernet. In short, you need “Any Media Over Any Network” capability and you need all of that without exploding your BOM cost.
Where are you going to get it?
Well, considering that this is the Xilinx Xcell Daily blog, it’s a good bet that you’re going to hear about the capabilities of at least one Xilinx All Programmable device.
Actually, this blog is about a couple of upcoming Webinars being held on May 23 titled “Any Media Over Any Network: KVM Extenders, Switches and KVM-over-IP.” The Webinars are identical but are being held at two different times to accommodate worldwide time zones. In this webinar, Xilinx will show you how you can use the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC in KVM applications. The webinar will highlight how Xilinx and its partners’ video-processing and -connectivity IP cores along with the integrated H.265/HEVC codec in the three Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC EV family members can quickly and easily address new opportunities in the KVM market.
Register here for the free webinar being held at 7am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-08:00).
Register here for the free webinar being held at 10am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-08:00).