ControlCenter-Digital Modularity Flexibility Performance

ControlCenter-Digital Modularity Flexibility Performance
The modular KVM matrix switch
Modularity | Flexibility | Performance
Get the all-in-one solution for your challenging demands!
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The new modular ControlCenter-Digital
New dimensions of
The new ControlCenter-Digital is a KVM matrix switch,
which helps you operate multiple computers via multiple consoles. The matrix switch convinces with its modular design and consists of:
Replaceable in- and output cards (I/O cards)*,
Switch card, which contains the matrix’s central
switching logic,
Controller card with central system administration,
monitoring and control
Three redundant power packs
Two fan boards
The modular in- and output cards support the transmission of signals via CAT cables and fibre optics even in
mixed mode. Switch card and controller card are each
on separate cards and can be replaced individually, if
With its modular setup, the new ControlCenter-Digital is
highly flexible and ready to adapt to any surrounding
conditions. The matrix switch enables the remote access
of large, distributed IT installations in control rooms and
is ready for any future IT requirements.
Enter into a new dimension of flexibility, adaptability
and usability – experience the new ControlCenter-Digital. The new modular ControlCenter-DigitalSafety first –
play it safe with the ControlCenter-Digital.
Flexibility// 4-5
Expand your possibilities – with the ControlCenter-Digital
Performance// 6-7
Power on the spot – experience performance live
Growth// 8-9
Don’t limit your growth – design progress
Safety// 10-11
Safety first – play it safe with the ControlCenter-Digital
Expansions// 12-14
Increase the performance and discover new possibilities - with new functions
*Any terms written in bold are defined in the glossary at the last page of this brochure.
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The CCD switch card
contains the central
switching logic of the matrix.
Expand your possibilities – with the ControlCenter-Digital
The ControlCenter-Digital offers maximum flexibility. With its
modular design, you can adjust all system components precisely
according to your requirements. This way, your ControlCenterDigital consists exactly of the parts you need – no more no less.
The basic model contains four different modular types of cards:
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I/O CAT cards, I/O fibre cards, I/O multi cards, a switch card and a
controller card, which can all be replaced if required. The modular
in- and output cards also support a mixed mode (CAT and fibre) as
well. CAT cards, fibre cards, power packs, redundant power packs
and fan modules can be hot-plugged or hot-swapped.
The CCD controller card
contains the central
administration and
monitoring of the matrix.
Advantages for more flexibility
Completely modular setup, replaceable parts
Matrix configuration on a separate replaceable card
Signal transmission via CAT cables and fibre optics even in
mixed operation
Variable port assignment and automatic device detection
Maximum flexibility through high adaptability and
compatibility with existing G&D equipment
Even largest installations with thousands of servers can be
Hot-pluggable and hot-swappable system parts
Stay-alive function
Optional TradeSwitch function, Push-Get function,
CrossDisplay-Switching as well as optional
remote control over IP switching (API)
Devices can be configured, backed up and restored via
web interface
Firmware updates over network (web interface):
matrix switch and its peripherals
Cascadable up to three levels (full cascade)
Stacking function: up to ten ControlCenter-Digital
(1 primary & 9 satellites) can be combined via bus port
significantly increasing the number of available ports
bidirectional cascading in preparation
Technical data
• I/O cards (input/output cards), switch and
controller card as well as fan modules and power
packs can be easily replaced
• Be even more flexible: with the central system
administration, monitoring and control placed
on a separate controller card
• Backup and restore of configuration data possible
• Matrix configuration on a separate replaceable
• 288, 160 or 80 dynamic ports
• Flexible I/O slots
• Automatic device detection for computer
and user modules
• Via CAT cables: up to 140 m between
DVI-CPU & Matrix as well as Matrix & DVI-CON
• Via fibre optics: up to 10,000 m between
DVI-CPU & Matrix and Matrix & DVI-CON
• All devices belonging to the DVICenter series
System parts
× central module ControlCenter-Digital
including controller and switch card
• 1 × I/O card
× computer module DVI-CPU
× user module DVI-CON
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Perfect resolutions for
crystal-clear images
Efficiency down to the point - experience live performance
When comes down to performance, the ControlCenter-Digital is
the optimal choice. The broad variety of switchable signals turns
the new G&D matrix switch into a reliable all-rounder.
The following signals can be switched: keyboard/mouse (USB &
PS/2), single-link DVI Video, DisplayPort High Resolution, bidirectional audio, USB 2.0 transparent und RS232. Furthermore VGA
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video sources can be integrated. Profit from efficiency and crystal-clear video quality – for optimised 1:1 keyboard, video and
mouse performance without any latency.
The variety of supported data signals, the different transmission
media as well as intuitive configuration and easy operation make
the ControlCenter-Digital the perfect partner for any future requirements and best performance
for maximum
comm all
signa n video
ls in o
x swit e
Technical data
Switchable signals
Video resolution
p to 2560 x [email protected] or
3840 x [email protected] Hz
• All video resolutions with video bandwidths
of up to 300 MP/s
• DisplayPort incl. 2K x 2K-resolution
(2048 x [email protected])
and 4K Ultra HD (3840 x [email protected])
• Mixed operation of CAT cables and
fibre optics
Advantages for more
Resolution for crystal-clear video images: DisplayPort High
Resolution up to 2560 x [email protected] Hz or 3840 x [email protected]
Multi-monitor workstations
Mixed operation of different cable types
Optional CrossDisplay-Switching for user-friendly switching
via mouse
Undisturbed transmission of moving images
Comprehensive EDID support
(Extended Display Identification Data)
Support of touch screens
Compact yet modular system
Keyboard/mouse (USB & PS/2)
single-link DVI video
DisplayPort High Resolution
DisplayPort video sources
VGA video sources
Bidirectional audio
USB 2.0 + USB 3.0 transparent
Up to 4,096 computers manageable
Stacking (up to 9 further satellites possible)
Channel grouping (see page 8)
Cascadable up to three levels
Expandable to a fully redundant system
Bridge function to analogue constructions
Ready for any application
Whenever large, distributed installations with local administration and
operation of computers are required, the ControlCenter-Digital is the
perfect solution.
Thanks to its modular design, the latest member of the
G&D matrix switch family perfectly matches the requirements of large
installations in any control center or studio, broadcast etc.
Why G&D?
Unlimited growth
Trust in our professional solutions and tailored devices for any
matrix switch requirement. The continuous use of the latest chip
generation in all matrix switch components (CPU, CON & central
modules) ensures a high-performance system.
Only when encountering the most challenging tasks you
recognise the best of the best. Large number of servers or
simultaneous workstations, a sophisticated system to assign access rights, intuitive and user friendly configuration and operation regardless of signal complexity and indiscriminately of preferred transmission media - the new
ControlCenter-Digital is ready to face highest demands.
Even more advantages:
The compact design of the CPU devices in combination with
a 19“ DeviceCarrier guarantees space saving rack installations
Centralised, redundant power supply of the peripherals by
using MultiPower
Tailored devices for matrix switch requirements, e.g.
UserCenter modules for full redundancy and more safety
Computer and user modules can be monitored and various
status values can be queried via SNMP-GET
Dedicated CPU and CON modules with low power
consumption thus permanently reducing operating costs
Latest components ensure improved signal compression and
perfect video performance
The last displayed video signal remains visible even with an
active, half transparent OSD
Advantages for more growth
The ControlCenter-Digital allows fast and easy expansion
of your existing installations. Thus, more analogue and
digital KVM matrix systems can be seamlessly implemented in the ControlCenter-Digital system, which allows for
a cascade of up to six levels.
Enable progress
288 ports are not enough? Do you need even more ports
for large and powerful IT installations? Cascaded to up
to three levels via CAT cables or fibre optics, the ControlCenter-Digital provides thousands of ports and lets you
expand the system according to your requirements.
With the help of fibre optics workstations across different
floors and buildings can be implemented into the installation. The modular ControlCenter-Digital helps you control complex IT installations in control centres, optimising
processes and increasing efficiency.
Channel grouping
Money well spent on a system capable of growing with your
More possibilities for system expansion: up to more
than 4,000 computers
Simultaneous connection of different transmission media
(CAT cables and fibre optics) allowing spatial growth as well
as spatial separation (galvanic separation)
Additional signal support: on top of DVI, Audio, USB 2.0,
USB 3.0, SDI and RS232 also DisplayPort as well as VGA
UserCenter modules to access computers from different
Control-Center-Digital clusters (full redundancy)
Thanks to channel grouping it is easy to create multi monitor workstations. You can easily group up to eight video
Administration is carried out in the web interface of the
Control-Center-Digital. In addition to several image sources, you can add other signals to the group. The system
also supports transparent transmission and switching of
USB 2.0 and RS232 signals.
Experience versatility –
The stacking feature enhances the flexible and versatile
system even further. It increases the number of available
ports by combining up to 10 ControlCenter-Digital matrix
switches (1 primary, 9 satellites) via bus port.
The ports of the stacked matrix switches are switched parallel to the matrix system. In this way you cannot only
create multi-monitor workstations but also assign USB
and RS232 channels to consoles.
More growth and safe
investment through
integration into already
existing installations
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Versatile products of the CPU- and CON-modules
For connecting computers and consoles, a huge variant of modules is available to suite best any
individual need. These modules are composed of the following characteristics:
Video Signal
transmission of high resolution DisplayPort video at a bandwidth of up to 300 Mpixels/s allowing for
resolutions up to [email protected] or [email protected] (basic modules DP-HR-CPU and DP-HR-CON)
transmission of DisplayPort 1.1 for resolutions up to [email protected] (basic modules DP-CPU and DP-CON)
transmission of single-link DVI video for resolutions up to [email protected] (basic modules DVI-CPU and DVI-CON)
on computer side the module VGA-CPU-UC integrates analog video into the system, on the user side the DVI modules
also provide analog signals via the DVI-I interface.
MC2 / MC4
modules to connect to multihead graphics / multiple displays
DH (Dual Head)
Dual-head variant to integrate two video channels using one single transmission line
(Basic modules DP-HR-DH-CPU and DP-HR-DH-CON)
transmission via fiber optics (multi mode up to 400 m, single mode up to 5,000 m, single mode plus up to 10,000 m),
fiber variants to connect with ControlCenter-Digital only (basic modules e.g. DP-CPU-Fiber or DP-CON-Fiber)
transmission via CAT cable (up to 140 m)
[as a standard not mentioned in the product names, e.g. DVI-CPU or DVI-CON]
computer module for connecting to two matrix switch cluster (basic module e.g. DVI-CPU-UC)
console module for connecting to / switch in-between two matrix switch cluster (basic module e.g. DVI-CON-2)
USB transmission
Generic HID
all modules provide the capability to connect – besides standard PS/2 and USB keyboard / mouse – any USB device out of the
class of Human Interface Devices
transparent USB 2.0 transmission within the primary transmission line at USB full speed
[basic module e.g. DVI-U-CPU or DVI-U-CON]
transparent USB 2.0 transmission at USB high speed and transparent transmission of RS232 via a separate transmission line
[U2-R-CPU and U2-R-CON]
The fitting module for each of your requirements
Our portfolio offers you a wide range of mutually compatible product variants, which present a cross section of the features listed above,
for example, DP-HR-U-CPU-Fiber-UC, DVI-CON-2, DVI-CPU-MC2-UC …
For a complete list, please visit or refer to the catalog „Digital KVM Matrix Systems.“
Versatile functions of the CCD
System expansion
• In a cascade, CCD and DVICenter can be implemented as slaves to increase the number of ports / cascadable to up to 3 levels
Firmware expansion
• CrossDisplay-Switching
(part of the TS function) for seamless switching between computers by mouse.
The mouse behaves as if being on a „virtual desktop“ moving seamless across all connected displays.
• Push-Get function: Expansion to push your own screen contents to or get screen content from another monitor
or a large video wall
• IP-Control-API: external control of matrix (e.g. switching) over TCP/IP connection (AMX/Crestron compatible)
• U
p to three levels, transmission distance between two devices between 140 m (CAT cables) and 10,000 m (fibre optics)
• When integrating additional analogue systems, the system can be expanded to three cascade levels
• F ully cascaded (three levels) using 21 CCD switches (e.g. with 49 consoles) and with more than 4,000 ports available,
which can be flexibly assigned to connect computer or user modules
Console expansion
• U
serCenter modules let users access computers from two ControlCenter-Digital clusters (full redundancy)
• D
ynamic UserCenter enables computer access from several independent ControlCenter-Digital clusters
utomatic detection and display of system architecture (cable routes)
F inder LED to help find any components installed in a rack
omprehensive system information (e.g. software versions, configurations)
I ntegrated user and rights management
roup rights for effective user management
Generic HID USB
HID, short for Human Interface Device, describes a device
class of the USB standard. The support of this device class
has been integrated into digital matrix systems as “Generic
With this functional expansion, you can connect any USB
HID (e.g. touch screens or graphics tablets) directly to a
console device and operate it via matrix without emulation.
When accessing a target via console, the HID is detected
by the connected computer as if it were connected directly
to the computer’s local USB interface.
Advantages of Generic HID USB
Until recently, transparent USB 2.0 applications combined
with our digital matrix systems required a separate transmission line as well as matching end devices. Our newlydeveloped end devices with the marking “U” are now able
to transmit transparent USB 2.0 over the same transmission
line that is used for KVM signals.
Transmitting the entire range of functions therefore only requires one cable saving peripherals, transmission lines and
ports at the central matrix switch.
Support of all devices that support the USB 2.0 standard.
Advantages of integrated transparent USB
Integrated as standard
Any HID end devices can be connected
In addition to connecting keyboard and mouse,
a third USB interface lets you connect a third input
device (e.g. touch panel)
Keyboard/video/mouse and USB 2.0
Transmission over one CAT cable
USB full speed transmission
Additional components U2-R-CPU and U2-R-CON
available for USB high speed
Generic HID USB included in devices
Back panel of DVI-U-CON-2 with Generic USB
interface and additional interface for transparent USB
Front panel of DVI-U-CON-2 with interfaces
for transparent USB transmission
Even older devices without the three USB
interfaces labeled „Generic“ can use this
feature with a simple firmware update.
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Integrated transparent
USB 2.0
New CON end devices can be identified by the
number of interfaces: Older devices provide
two, new devices provide three USB interfaces
on top of each other.
Always use the top interface for Generic HID.
USB 3.0
The new I/O-Card-Multi – Choose from even more signals
The ControlCenter-Digital offers maximum flexibility. With
its modular design, you can adjust all system components
precisely according to your requirements. This way, your
ControlCenter-Digital consists exactly of the parts you need
– no more no less.
So far, I/O cards of the ControlCenter-Digital supported only
the wide spectrum of signals provided by G&D’s portfolio.
But the IT landscape – particularly the broadcast industry
– uses many more standards. Therefore, remote computers
that are connected via matrix switch system often require
even more variety and thus more flexibility.
Discover flexibility
With the modular KVM matrix switch ControlCenter-Digital,
users can operate multiple computers over a number of
simultaneous consoles. The broad variety of supported signals and transmission media provides highest flexibility and
performance for all applications.
An aspect the I/O-Card-Multi takes into account: Independent devices can be connected and their signals are switched and transmitted transparently. Thus, the new generation of cards allows users to benefit from an even wider
variety of signals. To increase the matrix’s flexibility even
further, the supported data rate is 6.5 Gb/s (data rate for
CCD-288 up to 3.2 Gb/s).
Functions of the I/O-Card-Multi
Independent signal transmission to many end devices
Signals can be switched together with standard
KVM signals
Transmission via copper cables or optical fibers
How to switch the I/O-Card-Multi
Devices connected to multifunctional ports of the I/O-CardMulti can be grouped and switched with KVM end devices
connected to regular KVM ports. Here, users can establish
independent switching states for devices connected to the
I/O-Card-Multi (pinning). As an alternative, the devices connected to the ports of the I/O-Card-Multi can be switched
via external control (requires IP-Control-API).
The I/O Multi-Card supports the following signals
USB 2.0 Ranger line
USB 3.0 Spectra*
1Gb Ethernet
a selection of the G&D Extender systems
* ONLY ControlCenter-Digital-160 and -80
OSD DVICenter +
Bridge function G&D bridges
the gap
between analog
and digital
Digital Matrix
Analogue Matrix
Any systems in use can still be used
Even higher ROI thanks to longer operating cycle
Expansions of digital systems provide security for
the future
Existing systems can still be used as subsystems
(Keyword: gentle migration)
User-friendly implementation including OSD or an
interface that displays all connected computers
Thus existing systems remain almost untouched during
expansions (minimum effort compared to new installations)
Connecting analogue systems to a digital matrix
To be able to continue using VGA-based
KVM matrix systems and to integrate digital
state-of-the-art solutions, G&D developed
the Bridge function.
a VGA-CPU to provide them to the digital
With the function, users can integrate
CATCenter NEO clusters into digital matrix
switch systems (ControlCenter-Digital or
DVICenter) and operate the entire system
over single one user interface.
This establishes a physical connection.
However, the Bridge function can do even
more: The logical connection between
both systems saves users from clicking
through various OSDs. Thus, both systems
communicate with each other and let users
operate the system via one single OSD
When connecting the systems, analog signals are converted into digital ones. For
this, the UCON (of the CATCenter NEO’s
user console) grabs the signals and uses
Users of analog KVM matrix systems don’t
realise any changes while operating their
system. But thanks to the Bridge function,
users of digital matrix systems are able to
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access analog targets via OSD.he system
manages any processes running in the
background so that users are able to completely focus on their work instead of having to worry about infrastructural issues.
Therefore, the way to the source becomes
Of course, rights can still be managed as
easily as before. Access rights to individual
targets can be assigned to individual users
or to groups, independent from the matrix
in which the target is integrated.
With the innovative CrossDisplay-Switching as part of the TS
function (DVICenter and ControlCenter-Digital), users can use the
mouse to easily switch between channels.
The mouse acts as if on a „virtual desktop“ and can be moved
seamlessly across the connected displays. Moving the cursor from
the active to another display, the keyboard-mouse focus automatically switches to the connected computer. Now users can create a multi-monitor console and need only one keyboard and one
mouse to operate all computers. The mouse becomes the ultimate
intuitive switching tool.
Your special advantages:
Easy switching by using the mouse, in addition to
switching between channels using hotkeys or the OSD
Fast and seamless operation across the connected displays
Special LED indicates active monitor
DisplayPort “High-Resolution”
DP-HR components let you integrate graphics cards and monitors
with DisplayPort connectors at high resolutions into Control Center
Digital and DVICenter matrix switch systems.
A bandwidth up to 300 Mpixels/s allows resolutions up to 2560 x
1600/60Hz. The transmission takes place via CAT cables or optical fibers (only for ControlCenter-Digital) thus allowing transmission distances of up to 10,000 m. DH variants use the bandwidth to optionally
transmit two video signals over one line, saving not only transmission
lines but ports at the central module, too.
The computer modules DP-HR-CPU and the user modules DP-HRCON are available in different expansions and differ based on the
number of video channels, the transmission medium, the transparent USB transfer and the possibility of controlling redundant matrix
switch clusters.
Discover the new
DisplayPort 1.1a
Supported resolutions up to 2560 x [email protected]
or 3840 x [email protected]
Transmission over optical fibers up to 10,000 m
Integrated transparent USB 2.0 (optional)
DP-HR-CPU-MC2... and many other variations
DP-HR-U-CON (Back)
Sophisticated solutions
Safety first
We escort our customers anticipating future requirements.
Consequently these requirements are turned into high-end solutions such as intelligent G&D rack mounting devices, computer
switching and control via input devices or a central power supply
for devices with external power packs.
We offer a broad selection of rack mount kits creating spacesaving installations of G&D devices.
The safety of your IT installation is paramount to us. Consequently the ControlCenter-Digital provides redundant
networks interfaces and three power supplies. If one power
pack fails, it can be replaced even during live operation. To
complete the safety package, the ControlCenter-Digital also
comes with two modular fan boards for highest reliability –
Always on the safe side thanks
to monitoring & SNMP
The ControlCenter-Digital provides monitoring features that
detect and display the system status. IT administrators can
access the device’s web interface over network to get an
overview of the device conditions.
incl. DVI-CPU´s
Changing defined conditions (ON/OFF) or exceeding of defined thresholds (temperature) are stored in the web interface
and can be viewed by the administrator.
Monitoring values can be send actively to the administrator
as SNMP-Traps or he can request the same via (SNMP-GET) no
longer missing important status messages and able to react
promptly. Accumulated statistics and early detection of any
critical system status are thus ensured.
MultiPower-12 (top) and
MultiPower-6 (bottom) with new Power status
New MultiPower including
Power status
MultiPower-6 and MultiPower-12 serve as the central power source of
G&D devices that require an external power pack (12V – for example
DVI-CPU). The devices provide output interfaces for up to twelve 12V
devices. We continually optimise our MultiPower products and provided our power devices with additional potential-free contacts that
allow the external monitoring of the device status and increase the
reliability of any connected devices.
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Amongst other things, the following status values are monitored: main and redundant power, temperature, network
interfaces, fan speed, current and voltage. Furthermore,
computer and user modules can also be monitored, e. g. status, power supply, keyboard/mouse connection, video signal
Syslog messages can also be viewed and forwarded to dedicated syslog servers.
Advantages for more safety
Multiple redundant power packs
Modular and replaceable fan boards
Implemented monitoring of system status
Support of external authentication and directory services
LDAP, Active Directory, TACACS+, Radius
Processing and output of syslog messages
Support of SNMP-GET, SNMP trap and SNMP agent
CON module
(Abbr. for console) The user console (CON module) receives the KVM information at the console.
Controller card
The controller card manages the system’s central administration, monitoring and control.
CPU module
(Abbr. for Central Processing Unit); Computer connection module, which taps the computer’s KVM signals
and transmits them to the matrix switch.
CrossDisplay-Switching enables users to easily switch between computers by mouse
(TradeSwitch function required)
UserCenter module
A UserCenter module (UC module) enables users to access a particular computer from
different ControlCenter-Digital clusters.
EDID support
A monitor’s EDID information (Extended Display Information Data) inform the graphics card of a connected
computer about the monitor’s various technical features
I/O card
I/O cards are modular cards with multiple in-/output ports to which you can connect user or computer
modules via CAT cables or fibre optics.
Channel grouping
Channel grouping creates multi-monitor workstations for computers with multiple video channels.
Multiple channels can be grouped and switched together.
When cascaded, KVM matrix switches increase the number of connectable computers. For this purpose the
central modules have to be connected to each other. The master device takes over all controlling tasks.
Matrix Satellite
Thanks to stacking up to 9 matrix switches can be switched parallel to the master matrix switch.
Stacked matrix switches are also called matrix satellites.
MC2/MC4 modules
Multi-channel modules are used to implement multi-video computers or multi-monitor workstations.
Push-Get function
„Push“ a target image from your display to the display of another workstation or video wall.
„Get“ a target image of another workstation or video wall to your own display.
Remote Control over IP-Switching
IP-Control-API enables the external control of a matrix switch (e.g. switching over a TCP/IP connection).
Stacking connects up to 10 ControlCenter-Digital matrix switches via bus port thus increasing the number of
switchable signals. Ports of stacked matrix switches are switched parallel to the master switch.
Stay-Alive function
Switching ON and OFF or „moving“ a switching component the CPU modules remain unaffected preventing
the „freezing“ of computers whilst connection is inactive.
Switch card
The switch card is the central unit containing the switching logic of the matrix switch.
TradeSwitch function
The TradeSwitch function operates multiple computers via one keyboard and mouse.
The TradeSwitch function includes CrossDisplay-Switching (see above).
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