Black Box Unveils ZeroU DVI Transmitter for Emerald Unified KVM Platform

Black Box announced it will showcase the new Emerald ZeroU DVI transmitter for the company’s award-winning, high-performance Emerald Unified KVM platform at the upcoming NAB show. A little bigger than a smartphone, the compact ZeroU transmitter works with the Emerald SE receiver to give users a seamless desktop experience anywhere on a TCP/IP network — with actual hardware housed securely in a corporate data center or in the cloud.

“The Black Box team in Ireland engineered and manufactured the ZeroU transmitter to round out the Emerald platform’s options for secure point-to-point transmission,” said Josh Whitney, senior vice president of the Technology Product Solutions business at Black Box. “Perfect for facilities with limited rack space, this convenient little transmitter fits in tight spaces to give users advanced KVM functionality just the way they need it.”

With dimensions of 7(w) x 15.5(l) x 2.5(h) cm, the ZeroU device is ideal for applications in which space is limited or costly. Supporting visually lossless full HD DVI video up to 1920 x 1200 and requiring less than 40 Mbps bandwidth for 1080p video, the transmitter brings high-performance connectivity to broadcast and postproduction trucks, healthcare emergency rooms, air traffic control rooms, industrial and transportation control rooms, educational facilities, and more.

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The ZeroU device can function as a basic point-to-point extender supporting simple, space-saving remote desktop connectivity. Alternatively, it can be used with other types of Emerald transmitters in a KVM matrix switching setup that addresses all the unique connectivity requirements of a particular facility or application. In conjunction with the Emerald SE receiver, the ZeroU enables seamless remote desktop connectivity to physical PCs, servers, and video sources, as well as virtual desktops hosted on servers or in the cloud. By supporting seamless integration of physical and virtual desktops, the new transmitter empowers users not only to optimize their deployments but also to make a smooth migration to cloud services.

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Like all Emerald devices, the ZeroU transmitter can be managed by Boxilla, the award-winning KVM network management system from Black Box. With Boxilla, users can take advantage of valuable features and capabilities for managing connections, system security, performance, and access. Because design consultation services are included with every Black Box product, integrators and end users can work with the company to optimize deployment of the ZeroU transmitter and their complete Emerald system.

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SMPTE Calls for Applications for 2019 Student Paper Award and Scholarship

SMPTE® announced it is accepting applications for the 2019 Student Paper Award and the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship. These opportunities provide students with occasions to explore the motion-imaging field, connect with both peers and industry leaders, and showcase their creative and technical talents.

“The Student Paper Award and Lou Wolf Scholarship are among the growing number of initiatives designed to engage the next generation of SMPTE members and to help them succeed as new professionals working in the motion-imaging field,” said SMPTE Education Vice President Sara Kudrle, who is also the product marketing manager at Imagine Communications. “Today’s students will be responsible for developing innovative technologies and building the tools of the future, and we look forward to helping them bring their early work to the attention of the larger media and entertainment technology industry.”

2019 Student Paper Award

The Student Paper Award recognizes an outstanding paper, prepared and submitted by a SMPTE Student Member, that addresses a technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. The winning paper will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, and the winning student will receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles, with recognition at the Society’s Awards Gala.

There is no required technical level for the papers. Possible topics include ultra-high-definition (UHD); color and dynamic range management; the future of media distribution; media infrastructure; workflow management; cloud and virtualized media processing; image acquisition and processing; content management, storage, restoration, and preservation; cinema processing and projection technology; human perception of images or sound; quality and monitoring of images and sound; compression; security; audio techniques; advances in display technologies; virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) as well as 360° video; and machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in content creation. Further details on possible topics and submission requirements are available at smpte.org/student-paper-award.

Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship offers $5,000 toward the cost of tuition at the student’s educational institution. The scholarship is open to SMPTE Student Members who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be majoring in a program emphasizing the engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest. Each student must have completed a minimum of four courses toward said major in good academic standing. The application form and requirements are online at smpte.org/scholarships.

The deadline to apply for these opportunities is Monday, May 13.

Students may become SMPTE Student Members for free through the Student Membership Challenge, which fully funds the first year of membership for eligible students. The award winners will receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles, where they will be recognized at the Annual Awards Gala.

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