Avocent EWMS1000 Wins NSCA Innovations in Technology Award

Avocent EWMS1000 Wins NSCA Innovations in Technology Award Wireless media streamer is awarded best in category at the 2006 NSCA Expo in Las Vegas, NV

Avocent EWMS1000 Wins NSCA Innovations in Technology Award

Wireless media streamer is awarded best in category at the 2006 NSCA Expo in Las Vegas, NV



HUNTSVILLE, AL April 18, 2006 - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a leading provider of audio -visual connectivity and control solutions, today announced the recognition of the Avocent Emerge™ EWMS1000 wireless media streamer as winner of the video/display category at the 4th annual NSCA Expo Innovations in Technology Awards sponsored by Sound and Video Contractor magazine. Systems integrators, contractors, and resellers cast their votes during the NSCA Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 16 -18. Products were judged against a standard of excellence and the impact it has on the advancement of the electronic systems industry.

The Avocent EWMS1000 wireless media streamer can be deployed in either a point -to -point (extension) or point -to -multipoint (broadcast) configuration. It delivers full motion streaming video and audio to multiple display devices. The EWSM1000 supports multiple input/output formats including Component, S -Video, Composite Video, VGA computer video, RS -232 control, and stereo audio.

"To receive this technology award is truly an honor; we are pleased to see the industry recognize the EWMS1000 as an innovative product that delivers wireless audio -video extension to the systems integration marketplace." said Mitch Friend, senior vice president and general manager of Avocent. "This recognition shows that Avocent audio -visual connectivity and control solutions are meeting the industry's needs, and gaining momentum in a variety of professional applications."

Avocent connectivity and control products provide connectivity, switching, extension, monitoring, and control 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. For product information visit www.av.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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