Avocent Introduces Emerge™ Professional AV Extension

New products offered include the Emerge EWMS1000 wireless, EMS1000P and EMS1000MP wired media streamers.

HUNTSVILLE, AL March 7, 2006 - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced the introduction of its Emerge wireless and wired media streamer products in the UK and Ireland. These products enable AV applications to extend audio and video to display devices such as plasma screens, projectors, or monitors. The professional AV line consists of the EWMS1000 wireless media streamer, the EMS1000P CAT5 point -to -point video extender and the EMS1000MP CAT5 point -to -multipoint video extender. Avocent is partnering with local distributors in the UK and Ireland to make these products widely available to customers who require wireless or wired AV connectivity.


"We are pleased to introduce the Emerge products into the UK and Ireland. The demand for professional AV connectivity products in these markets is growing and we are taking notice by offering solutions that help customers easily connect and manage AV devices in many types of applications." said Mitch Friend, vice president and general manager of Avocent's Connectivity and Control Division.

The Avocent Emerge EWMS1000 wireless media streamer broadcasts high quality, full motion streaming video from virtually any source to multiple display devices. Because of its wireless video graphics and audio design, the Emerge EWMS1000 makes installations simpler and more cost -effective. The Emerge EWMS1000 can be deployed in either a point -to -point (extension) or point -to -multipoint (broadcast) configuration. It supports various input/output formats including Component, S -Video, Composite, VGA, RS -232 control, and stereo audio.

The Avocent EMS1000P CAT5 point -to point video extension product and the EMS1000MP CAT5 point -to -multipoint video extension device are both UXGA compatible. The products are rack -mountable for ease of installation. The EMS1000P CAT5 and the EMS1000MP CAT5 support multiple input/output formats, automatic input/output detection and RS -232.

Avocent connectivity and control products provide connectivity, switching, extension, monitoring, and control products for serial, video, and audio data. These products allow industry professionals to deliver leading -edge connectivity and control solutions to a range of markets including retail, medical, digital signage, hospitality, AV, and broadcasting.

The Emerge solutions are currently available from Avocent and local AV distributors. Full product details are available online at http://www.connectivity.avocent.com.

About Avocent Corporation
Avocent Corporation is the leading supplier of connectivity solutions for enterprise data centers, service providers and financial institutions worldwide. Branded products include switching, extension, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), remote access and video display solutions. Additional information is available at: www.avocent.com.

Forward -Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are forward -looking statements as defined within the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding market opportunity, product development, engineering and design activities, and product availability and operability. These forward -looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, risks associated with reliance on a limited number of component suppliers and single source components, and risk associated with obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in Avocent's annual report on Form 10 -K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Avocent, the Avocent logo and Emerge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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