New Upgrade Adds Wireless RS -232 Command and Control

Avocent Corporation, a leading provider of audio-visual connectivity and control solutions, today announced a new product upgrade for the Avocent Emerge™ EWMS1000 wireless media streamer.

New Upgrade Adds Wireless RS -232 Command and Control


Free upgrade is made available for EWMS1000 wireless media streamer customers

HUNTSVILLE, AL June 7, 2006 - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a leading provider of audio -visual connectivity and control solutions, today announced a new product upgrade for the Avocent Emerge™ EWMS1000 wireless media streamer which consists of a serial software upgrade that provides enhanced RS -232 control of the EWMS1000 wireless media streamer transmitter and EWMS1000 wireless media streamer receiver. Users of the EWMS1000 media streamer can upgrade to the new serial software by simply flashing existing units.

The Avocent serial upgrade allows users to upgrade remote EWMS1000 receivers without having to attach a laptop via a serial cable to each receiver. It permits users to change country code to obtain maximum legal transmission power and available bands. Users can configure the operation parameters of the unit without having to learn complicated programming techniques or use external configuration software. The new upgrade also allows users to switch video input preferences very easily.

"The addition of wireless RS -232 enhances the EWMS1000 wireless media streamer to better address the needs of the digital signage market," said Mitch Friend, senior vice president and general manager of Avocent. "This upgrade offers a video switching component that gives users a powerful command and control tool."

The Emerge 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, and provides support for multiple input/output formats including Component, S -Video, Composite Video, VGA computer video, RS -232 control, and stereo audio.

Demonstrations of the Avocent RS -232 command and control upgrade for the EWMS1000 will take place in the Avocent booth (#1940) at InfoComm, in Orlando, FL, June 7 -9.

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.

About Avocent Corporation
Avocent Corporation is a leading supplier of connectivity solutions for enterprise data centers, branch offices, and small to medium size businesses. Branded and OEM products include remote and local access solutions for switching, serial console, power, extension, intelligent platform management interface (IPMI), mobile, and video display management 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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