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IOGEAR Introduces USB-C Docking Options and Matrix KVM

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 a variety of 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 same old array of ports present in common Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 docks. The next desk summarizes the important points of the three new merchandise.

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Options @ CES 2023 (Dock Professional Sequence)
  Common Twin View Docking Station Duo USB-C Docking Station USB4 8K Triple View
Mannequin Identify GUD3C4K2TAA GUD3CDHTAA GUD4C8K3
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 by way of DisplayLink Chipset)

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

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

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

(All by way of DP Alt Mode)
Host Energy Supply USB PD 3.0 (as much as 100W) As much as 100W per host (complete 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 consists of host energy supply help, and the distribution of ports is introduced above.

The Dock Professional Duo USB-C Docking Station is ostensibly a USB-C dock, however it incorporates options sometimes present in KVMs. It permits two techniques to be concurrently related to the dock, and a push button in entrance to cycle between one in all 4 show modes as present within the image beneath.

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 related 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 by the show modes to allow straightforward multi-tasking. That is an modern mixture of docking and KVM that I have never seen from different distributors but.

Lastly, we’ve 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 sort of affordable at $300 – presumably saved that method by avoiding Thunderbolt certification. This product might enchantment to a special viewers in comparison with the Plugable TBT4-UDZ regardless of related pricing, due to the provision of downstream ports. Nevertheless, the product is slated to ship solely in direction of the tip of the quarter.

KVM Options

IOGEAR can also 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. Nevertheless, for this pricing, IOGEAR is incorporating a variety of attention-grabbing 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 by way of motion of the mouse pointer (along with the common bodily button on the KVM and hotkeys). Audio mixing help (i.e, preserving the audio output of a ‘disconnected’ host additionally lively) is offered too, permitting the monitoring of notifications from each computer systems with out having to change sources.

The KVM offers 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 should be famous that the show outputs are HDMI, whereas the inputs are DisplayPort. The KVM change is slated to turn out to be out there later this quarter.

Along with these upcoming merchandise, IOGEAR can also be demonstrating the KeyMander Nexus Gaming KVM and the MECHLITE NANO compact USB / wi-fi keyboard on the present. These merchandise had been launched into the market final 12 months.

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