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20 June, 2006 - 17:10 By Staff Reporter

Cambridge company launches system-on-a-chip product

New Cambridge chip designer Adventiq has launched its first product, a system-on-a-chip designed for remote KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) control of PCs and servers – and Business Weekly can claim a hand!

The new product, ARQ3, is aimed principally at manufacturers of KVM switches but is also said to be suitable for a broad range of embedded and industrial applications.

ARQ3 was developed in close collaboration with RealVNC, the originators of the VNC product family. VNC software has become the industry standard for cross-platform remote access, trusted by tens of millions of users worldwide.

The new business was inspired by a Business Weekly article written in 2002 about the new ventures being created following the closure of communications research hub, the AT&T Labs in Cambridge – including RealVNC.

BW reported that RealVNC had developed ‘virtualisation’ software, which allows the user to view and fully interact with one computer from any other computer or mobile device anywhere on the internet, independent of platform.

The potential of such a technology in the KVM computer switching market aroused the interest of KVM manufacturer, Adder Tech-nology in Bar Hill; several meetings and a few months later, a new suite of products was born, under the brand AdderLink IP.

Now Adventiq, in which both Adder and RealVNC are cornerstone investors, is taking the idea a step further by condensing all of the technologies down to a single chip.

Chief executive Peter Wharton says: “The $800m global KVM marketplace is shifting from analogue switching to digital KVM-over-IP. The flexibility of KVM-over-IP means it has taken a significant slice of the market despite costing 10 times more than traditional analogue switches.

“By eliminating the size and cost disadvantages of current digital solutions, our system-on-a-chip will greatly accelerate this transition.”

Every sizable company needs to be able to remotely manage its computers and servers. Support resources are often placed where they can be provided most cost effectively, and effective support means being able to access a computer or server during start-up, shutdown or lock-up states as well as during normal operation.

Remote KVM control is therefore an essential complement to facilities such as remote log-in that depend upon the target computer being functional.

To date, companies seeking a KVM solution have had to choose between low-cost analogue switches – which extend access only a few hundred metres – and high-cost digital KVM-over-IP solutions, which offer access from anywhere in the world over standard IP networks.


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