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04/02/2014

Sonnet Now Shipping Echo Express With Thunderbolt 2

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Sonnet Technologies has announced that its Echo™ Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.
The models are the newest members of Sonnet's Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac® computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a variety of PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards.
The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac®, Mac mini, Mac Pro®, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers.
Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards.
Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements.
The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray™ burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.
"Sonnet has consistently led the way in delivering high-performance and reliable Thunderbolt-enabled products, beginning with the first-ever suite of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, and now continuing with the only Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe solutions available," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Our new Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II not only deliver amazingly fast 20 Gb/sec performance when connected to Thunderbolt 2-equipped computers such as the new Mac Pro, but also are our quietest models yet and are fully compatible with even the earliest Thunderbolt-enabled Macs."
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