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Qio E3

For Release: January 25, 2012

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Martin Muggee
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Sonnet Now Shipping Cost-Effective Qio™ E3 SxS™ Reader

Device is Industry's First Dedicated Multi-Slot Professional SxS Media Reader

IRVINE, CA—January 25, 2012—Sonnet Technologies today announced that its Qio™ E3 professional SxS™ media reader is now shipping and available for purchase. As the latest member of the Sonnet Qio series of professional universal media reader/writers, the Qio E3 offers a cost-effective, high-speed alternative to stand-alone card readers for videographers and studios alike. The E3 is the first 3-slot SxS memory card reader available and includes an integrated 2-port 6 Gb/s eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems, and doubles as a bus expansion system for ExpressCard®/34 adapter cards.

Sonnet’s Qio E3 provides users with the ability to transfer data concurrently from three SxS memory cards for Sony® XDCAM EX™ professional HD camcorders, thereby dramatically increasing efficiency. Users can copy files between any cards, attached storage, and the computer with aggregate bandwidth of up to 400 MB/sec, with an aggregate ingest speed for three SxS cards of 300 MB/s. Designed both for in-studio and on-location use, the E3 features a rugged, compact case with the same 15-cm (5.9-inches) by 16-cm (6.2-inches) footprint as the original Qio, but with a thinner profile.

Two eSATA connectors on the back of Qio E3 enable the user to connect two Sonnet Fusion™ F2QR or F3 portable 2-drive hardware RAID SATA storage systems, or other SATA storage. These fast SATA connections speed card ingest when SATA is not otherwise available on a laptop.

The Qio E3’s slots also support most PCI Express®-based Sonnet professional ExpressCard/34 adapter cards and most adapters from other manufacturers. Supported Sonnet cards range from CompactFlash™ and SDXC™ UHS-I card readers to FireWire® 800 adapters. The Qio E3 also supports ExpressCard adapters supplied with specialty devices such as the AJA® io Express.

“The Qio E3 is ideal for our customers who do not require the variety of slots included in the original Qio – giving them the multiple SxS slots they need in their workflow,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “The E3 is ideal for studios that utilize Sony XDCAM EX™ or ARRI ALEXA Digital Cameras – providing incredibly fast ingest speeds for increased efficiency.”

Compatible with Mac OS® X v10.6.8+ (including Lion®), Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista®, and Server 2008, the Qio E3 is now available at a suggested retail price of $599 with either an internal PCIe 2.0 interface card or an ExpressCard/34 interface card. More information on Qio E3 is available at

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems, media readers, expansion cards, and Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe expansion products for professional users of Mac®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt expansion products enables the use of video capture and editing, audio interface, RAID controller, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s storage product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable desktop and rackmount RAID storage solutions ranging from two- and four-drive portable units, to eight- and 16-drive desktop attached storage with advanced RAID controllers, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 512TB. Celebrating 26 years in business, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. More information on Sonnet and its products is available at


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