New Product: Draco CON App

Oberteuringen, 19th January 2023 – IHSE GmbH introduces a new product: Draco CON App.

With IHSE’s Draco CON App, a new dimension of flexibility is introduced to KVM systems. The software based KVM solution enables users to access an IHSE KVM network via IP protocol from a standard, network connected PC!

What is a KVM system?

KVM matrix systems are hardware-based networks for the interconnection of keyboard, video and mouse signals. Usually, a system like this consists of several specialized encoding and decoding units that are connected via a central matrix and a dedicated network. This enables a high performing signal distribution in real-time.

Software based KVM solution

Draco CON App is a software that emulates the functions of a regular (physical) IHSE CON unit (decoder). Thereby it successfully replaces the CON hardware for a deployment with a maximum of flexibility. Users only need an IP connection with sufficient bandwidth (at least 1G), low latency and a suitable device like a capable laptop or desktop PC to access a regular KVM network in real time.

Simple and Flexible

The main goal of the Draco CON App is to provide the most flexible access to KVM connected devices as simply as possible. To achieve that it utilizes the already available IT infrastructure such as active network components like switches, routers. This enables particularly simple and flexible installations and additions to a proprietary KVM system without sacrificing the secure core of it.

Unmatched Flexibility and Performance

A major benefit is that customers of IHSE’s proprietary KVM solutions can flexibly expand their system with IP based components. The serviceability, safety, and reliability of an IHSE KVM system are maintained, while at the same time the flexibility and simplicity of the transmission protocol over-IP are incorporated into the system.

The Draco CON App thereby offers a maximum of flexibility for existing as well as new customers and works with Windows®, Linux and MacOS®.

Best of both worlds

The IHSE Group is on a successful path to become a well-rounded supplier of KVM, both proprietary and over-IP, offering customers systems that match their requirements perfectly and unlike no other on the market. The new Draco CON App is an important step to offer “the best of both worlds” to all customers, connecting homogenously proprietary and IP based switching.

Draco CON App provides our clients with a maximum of flexibility while keeping infrastructural requirements and network configuration demand to a minimum.

Mark Hempel
Head of Product Management of IHSE GmbH


Disabling Temporal Dithering

Dithering is a technique to compensate for missing color values to increase the perceived amount of color and shading.  It allows for example to display a 10 bit per color picture on an 8 bit per color system. Temporal dithering can lead to very high bandwidth usage and thus to limited performance.  When transmitting a dithered video via extenders the lower compression rate may cause frame drops or reduced video quality for example.

This Technology Briefing gives a short introduction to dithering and explains how temporal dithering can be disabled to improve performance and prevent frame drops.

Bridge function: Integration of 1G sources into XV infrastructures

The new bridge board enables XV consoles with 3G extenders to access 1G CPU extenders in matrix mode for the first time.

The use of the bridge board links the previously separate worlds of 1G extenders and XV extenders with the higher bandwidths of 3G.

The integration of extenders with different bandwidths is achieved by connecting 1G extenders to the matrix via the new bridge board (480-x8BDG). The 1G input signals are being upscaled to 3G and then treated as 3G signals within the matrix.

This allows us to easily integrate 1G CPU Units (491, 492, 493, 494 series) into 3G environments and to distribute the content to 3G CON Units (490, 495 series).

Access from 1G consoles to 1G sources is currently not possible when using the bridge board, as the signals are converted unidirectionally to 3G format.

Introducing: Manuel Greisinger

We are pleased to welcome Manuel Greisinger who joined IHSE as Head of Sales on June 1, 2017.

Manuel has long-standing international sales and management experience, building deep relationships with end customers and strategic partners in a wide variety of vertical markets (Broadcast, Industrial, Data Center, Automotive, Communications, Military & Government) and a track record of exceeding sales goals  and transforming businesses towards incremental growth.

For almost 5 years he has been with Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group (previously known as Altera), most recently running the sales organization for Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia, Middle East and Africa) with a diverse, multicultural team based in Munich, Germany.

Prior to joining Intel, he worked for a Venture Capital firm in San Francisco. Previous professional experiences also include Agilent Technologies (today: Keysight Technologies) and at Avnet, Inc. (EBV Elektronik).

Manuel studied Microsystems Engineering in Regensburg, Germany and holds a “Dipl.-Ing. (FH)” degree.

Manuel said: “I am really excited to join IHSE at its current growth stage. Together with the great team around the world, I look forward to further driving growth in existing and new vertical markets and to be instrumental in taking the next step towards developing the company into a global market leader.  Having known IHSE and Dr. Enno Littmann for over 4 years now, I am more than confident that the company with its talented team is very well positioned for a successful, bright and exciting future. I will leverage my diverse international experiences and professional network to help the company reach this next level and I look forward to being part of the team”.