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13/02/2014

Sonnet To Highlight Echo Express At NAB

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Sonnet Technologies is to use this year's NAB show to highlight the newest innovations in its Echo™ Express family of PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion products.
The Echo Express systems facilitate mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac® computer equipped with Thunderbolt™ 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
Sonnet will also feature the latest generation of its xMac™ mini Server, which securely mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port.
Sonnet's Echo™ Express III-D desktop and Echo Express III-R rackmount Thunderbolt™ 2-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.
The products feature three PCIe slots, a 300-watt power supply and a 75-watt auxiliary power connector.
Both chassis support up to three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. The Echo Express III-D is well-suited for use in most workflows and small enough to fit in many travel bags.
The Echo Express III-R mounts in a 2U tall (3.5-inch) rack space and its enclosure is just 16 inches deep. Sonnet chassis support every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, including those from manufacturers such as Avid, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, RED Digital Cinema, and many others.
The Echo™ Express SE II is the middle member of Sonnet's line of Thunderbolt™ 2-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion products. Featuring two PCIe slots, the desktop system enables the use of a variety of PCI Express cards with any Mac® computer with a Thunderbolt port.
The SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, including those from leading manufacturers like Avid, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox and many others. This system offers full 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt performance with host computers equipped with Thunderbolt 2, and backward compatibility with computers and devices with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Echo Express SE II features include a rugged aluminum case, quiet, temperature-controlled fan, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices to the host computer.
The Echo™ Express SEL is the smallest, most portable member of Sonnet's line of Thunderbolt™ 2-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion products.
It offers full 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt performance and supports a single low-profile, half-length PCIe expansion card up to 6.6 inches long.
The SEL enables users to add a networking or storage interface connection to any Mac® with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port, including the new Mac Pro®.
Also on display at the 2014 NAB Show will be the latest generation of Sonnet's xMac™ mini Server, which securely mounts a Mac® mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCI Express® (PCIe®) 2.0 slots.
Providing an upgraded 150-W power supply and auxiliary power connector for installed cards, the xMac mini Server enables users to harness the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire®, and RAID controller cards.
Two Thunderbolt™ ports are integrated — one to connect the PCIe slots to the Mac mini and a second for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices. Panel-mount HDMI®, Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.0 cables are included with the system to connect the ports on the back of the Mac mini to ports on the back of the xMac mini Server for convenient external connection.
"Sonnet has always been a trailblazer in delivering innovative storage and expansion solutions, and we're continuing to lead the way with some of the industry's first expansion systems to support Thunderbolt 2," said Greg LaPorte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies.
"Sonnet offers the greatest range of excellent PCIe expansion options for those migrating to the new Mac Pro or any other Thunderbolt equipped computer.
"At this year's NAB Show, we're looking forward to showing attendees how our Echo Express products and xMac mini Server can bring new levels of portability, versatility, and efficiency to any audio/video production workflow."
www.sonnettech.com
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