IOGEAR Introduces USB-C Docking Options and Matrix KVM

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IOGEAR has been servicing the pc equipment market with docks and KVMs for greater than a few a long time now. Along with the generic use-cases, the corporate creates merchandise that focus on area of interest segments with function units that aren’t out there in merchandise from different distributors. At CES 2023, IOGEAR is taking the wraps off numerous USB-C docks slated to get launched over the subsequent couple of quarters.

Docking Options

The three new merchandise on this class fall beneath two classes – the primary two make the most of Show Hyperlink chips together with conventional USB-C Alt Mode help, whereas the third one makes use of the Intel Goshen Ridge Thunderbolt controller for 8K help along with the standard array of ports present in common Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 docks. The next desk summarizes the important elements of the three new merchandise.

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Options @ CES 2023 (Dock Professional Collection)
  Common Twin View Docking Station Duo USB-C Docking Station USB4 8K Triple View
Upstream Port USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-C 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-C (Twin Host Assist) USB4 Kind-C (40 Gbps)
Audio 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack 1x Mic In

1x Speaker Out
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1

1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (12W charging)
2x USB 2.0

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2

1x USB 3.2 Gen 1
USB-C 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2

2x USB4 (40Gbps with DP Alt Mode as much as 8Kp30) downstream
Networking 1x GbE RJ-45 1x GbE RJ-45 1x 2.5 GbE RJ-45
Card Reader 1x SDXC UHS-II

1x microSDXC UHS-II
Show Outputs 2x HDMI 2.0a

2x Show Port 1.2a

(All through DisplayLink Chipset)

(Max. of 2x 4Kp60 Outputs)
2x Show Port 1.2a (4Kp60) (through DisplayLink Chipset)

1x HDMI 1.4a (4Kp30) (through DP Alt Mode)
2x HDMI 2.1 (as much as 8Kp30)

2x Show Port 2.1 (as much as 8Kp30)

(All through DP Alt Mode)
Host Energy Supply USB PD 3.0 (as much as 100W) As much as 100W per host (whole 200W) USB PD 3.0 (as much as 96W)
Energy Provide Exterior 150W @ 20V/7.5A Exterior 230W Exterior 150W @ 20V/7.5A
Dimensions 91mm x 70mm x 17mm 219mm x 88mm x 32mm 225mm x 85mm x 18mm
Launch Date March 2023 June 2023 March 2023
MSRP $250 $300 $300

The Dock Professional Common Twin View Docking Station is a premium DisplayLink-based dock able to driving as much as two 4Kp60 shows, with a selection of HDMI or DisplayPort for every.

The dock additionally contains host energy supply help, and the distribution of ports is offered above.

The Dock Professional Duo USB-C Docking Station is ostensibly a USB-C dock, but it surely incorporates options sometimes present in KVMs. It permits two programs to be concurrently linked to the dock, and a push button in entrance to cycle between one among 4 show modes as present within the image under.

The push button configures one of many two hosts to the DisplayLink chain (that’s behind the 2 DisplayPort outputs). All of the peripheral ports are seen by the host linked to that chain. On the identical time, the HDMI port is saved lively utilizing the Alt Mode show output from the opposite host. Scorching keys can be found to cycle via the show modes to allow simple multi-tasking. That is an progressive mixture of docking and KVM that I have not seen from different distributors but.

Lastly, we’ve got the flagship USB4 / Thunderbolt 4 dock – the Dock Professional USB4 8K Triple View. It incorporates all of the bells and whistles one may need from a TB4 dock, together with downstream USB4 ports and 8K help.

Surprisingly, the pricing is kind of cheap at $300 – presumably saved that method by avoiding Thunderbolt certification. This product may attraction to a special viewers in comparison with the Plugable TBT4-UDZ regardless of comparable pricing, due to the supply of downstream ports. Nonetheless, the product is slated to ship solely in the direction of the tip of the quarter.

KVM Options

IOGEAR can be asserting the GCMS1922 2-port 4K Twin View DisplayPort Matrix KVMP with USB 3.0 Hub and Audio. Such KVMs with 4Kp60 help have sometimes been priced upwards of $500. That is no exception with a $530 MSRP. Nonetheless, for this pricing, IOGEAR is incorporating numerous fascinating options. The KVM can function in both matrix or extension mode, with one laptop driving each show outputs within the latter, and every host driving one show within the former. Within the matrix mode, the KVM additionally helps crossover switching through motion of the mouse pointer (along with the common bodily button on the KVM and hotkeys). Audio mixing help (i.e, protecting the audio output of a ‘disconnected’ host additionally lively) is obtainable too, permitting the monitoring of notifications from each computer systems with out having to modify sources.

The KVM supplies two USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 Kind-A ports for downstream peripherals along with separate audio jacks for the speaker and microphone. It have to be famous that the show outputs are HDMI, whereas the inputs are DisplayPort. The KVM change is slated to develop into out there later this quarter.

Along with these upcoming merchandise, IOGEAR can be demonstrating the KeyMander Nexus Gaming KVM and the MECHLITE NANO compact USB / wi-fi keyboard on the present. These merchandise have been launched into the market final yr.

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