Conversion between Matrix Grid and IP Gateway

The firmware for Draco tera KVM matrix switches allows the conversion between Matrix Grid and Draco tera IP Gateway.

Through Tera Tool, the functionality of the F480G and 480-IPG can be changed to act either as Matrix Grid for local interconnection between Draco tera matrices, creating a decentralized super-matrix; or, as Draco tera IP Gateway to bridge multiple KVM switches over existing IP networks within buildings, across campuses and between remote corporate offices.

Open the datasheet for more information about the Draco tera IP Gateway.

Speed compatibility between 1G and 3G extenders

The new firmware update V4.02 for Draco tera KVM matrix switches allows the conversion between 1G and 3G extenders (both Classic series and Lici series): Using the Tera Tool, the functionality of 1G I/O cards can be changed to act as either normal I/O card or 8-port input card. 

Via firmware programming, 1G CPU units can thus be switched to 3G CON units, allowing hybrid installations with 1G CPU units and 3G CPU accessible from a 3G workstation.

IHSE USA’s Focus at InfoComm Features Real-Time KVM Workflow Solutions for Remote and Local Operations

Abbildung Draco MultiView 4K60

Cranbury, NJ, October 6, 2021 – IHSE USA today announced that it will be showcasing its latest KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) solutions in booth 3955 at InfoComm 2021, taking place Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. To meet the demand for high-resolution video in large control rooms at government and commercial facilites, the company will highlight its Draco MultiView 4k60 processor, Draco tera flex seires KVM matrix systems, Draco vario ultra DisplayPort 1.1 dual-head extender, and Draco vario ultra HDMI 2.0 extenders.

“Todays ‘anywhere’ connected facilities require highly secure, completely reliable information systems that enable instant access to hundreds of sources from dedicated output devices, while applications such as training simulations rely on the distribution of video content at the highest possible resolution and with no latency or video artifacts,” said Dan Holland, marketing manager at IHSE USA. “Our Draco MultiView 4K60, tera flex matrix switch, and vario DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 extenders can meet the needs of both. Not only do IHSE systems provide a high level of security — including access control lists — and extremely fast switching for increased efficiency, but they also ensure that content is transmitted in pristine quality. We can’t wait to show what they can do in Orlando.”

The Draco MultiView 4K60 enables simultaneous operation of four computers displayed on a single display with full access from a single keyboard and mouse. Offering four inputs and two outputs, the 1RU solution is capable of handling four ultra-high-resolution video displays up to 4K/UHD at a 60Hz frame rate, users simply move the mouse from one display region to another. With programmable keyboard commands, real-time switching between video sources is also possible. By default, the system’s individual screens can be arranged freely and displayed in different modes: fullscreen, quadscreen, picture-in-picture, preview, 2+2, and free mode. Presets allow for instant switching between layouts. External control options are available via API or the GPIO interface.

Introduced in 2020, the new Draco tera flex KVM matrix systems bring advanced features normally found in larger-scale matrix frames from IHSE USA. Ranging from 16 ports to 160 ports in compact sizes, the Draco tera flex is available in 1RU, 2RU, and 4RU frame sizes. Expansion modules can be mixed between Cat-X and fiber optic types, in either 1Gbit/s or 3 Gbit/s bandwidth, and multiple switches can be interconnected easily using the optional matrix grid technology. The Draco tera flex incorporates several advanced features from the Draco tera enterprise series, including SNMPv3, LDAPS, multilingual on-screen display, encrypted communication for maximum security, and fast booting. The switch’s modular structure permits the simple interchange of individual components and paves the way for future expansion.

For high-end workstations utilizing multiple displays, the Draco vario ultra DisplayPort 1.1 dual-head KVM extender enables visually lossless extension of two high-resolution DisplayPort signals and a keyboard and mouse connected over a single duplex fiber optic or Cat-X cable. This simplifies installations and lowers costs by reducing cable requirements and matrix ports. Fully digital video signals can be transmitted in 4K resolutions up to 4096×2160 and UHD resolutions to 3840×2160, while embedded audio signals are directly reproduced by connected displays with integrated speakers. In combination with optional analog or digital audio modules, the stereo signal can be extracted and output separately.

The Draco vario ultra HDMI 2.0 extender gives users real-time access to HDMI computers from a remote workstation — including monitor, keyboard, mouse, loudspeakers, and other peripheral devices — over a duplex LC fiber connection. The integrated Fraunhofer IIS Lici® codec enables the transfer of fully digital video at 4K resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60Hz. The KVM extender also supports audio transmission via the HDMI interface.

More information on IHSE USA and its KVM solutions is available at


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”.