Among ATEN’s specialties, the offer of DisplayPort KVM switches stands out, with four as well as two port variants, and with the ability to manage signals up to 4K resolution
Just like a richly prepared ‘buffet’, the section of the ATEN website dedicated to DisplayPort KVM switches leaves you spoilt for choice. There is something for all needs, but today we focus in particular on DisplayPort Desktop KVM switches.
More than a model by model list, we would like to offer an overview of the main characteristics of these useful products, starting from the aspects of resolution and interoperability. With the ability to manage the 4K @ 60Hz signal, a DisplayPort KVM switch can act as the default I/O for high-end computers, allowing you to set up a performing dual display workstation. For example, you could build a workstation where a Mac is used to work, while with a PC you can manage any games. With 4K resolution, the DisplayPort switch is able to offer defined and detailed images, with details otherwise invisible at lower resolutions. The second crucial point is rapid data transfer, which is essential in financial and corporate environments. Enabled for USB 3.1 Gen 1, a DisplayPort KVM switch can support the sharing of USB devices with transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps. The interface is however backward compatible with the USB 2.0 specification.
The ATEN DisplayPort switches also allow the two or more computers that make up the workstation to perform completely different functions, creating effective multitasking. Let’s take one of the most recognised applications, the A / V post-production: a workstation organised thanks to KVM DisplayPort switches can easily manage video editing, as well as the work of effects (VFX) and audio production. Using a KVM switch during multitasking saves time, since there are no cables to move to go from one source to another, nor do you need to use different keyboards and mice. In addition, a DisplayPort KVM model that supports MST (multi-stream transport) would allow the user to expand the visual experience with multiple displays.
Finally, the ATEN family of products is perfect for CAD design and post-production which, even more than other applications, requires multi-display installations, due to the high number of complex contents that must be viewed and processed simultaneously. However, high video resolution and a high data transfer rate are usually required to complete all activities. Again, an ATEN DisplayPort KVM switch adequately responds to different application needs.