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Sonnet Launches Thunderbolt™ 3-to-PCI Express® Card Expansion Systems for Mac and Windows
Single-slot Echo™ Express SEL and Echo Express SE I Chassis Now Enable Up to 2750 MB/s Data Transfers for Computers With Thunderbolt 3
“We are delighted to begin shipping the Echo Express SEL and SE I, the first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion chassis to ship with both macOS™ and Windows® compatibility,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “We are also proud to be delivering on our promise of upgradability by offering our customers a Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for their current Thunderbolt 2-based Echo Express SEL and SE I expansion chassis.”
The Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition weighs just 2.6 pounds and measures only 5.6 inches wide by 8.6 inches deep by 3.5 inches tall, accommodating one-half length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 3.0 card with additional mounting space for a daughter card. With its Thunderbolt 3 interface, the SE I delivers ample bandwidth for the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards including pro video capture, digital audio interface, 6Gb/s or 12Gb/s SAS or SATA host bus adapters, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards.
The Echo Express SE I and Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 3 Editions feature dual 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports that support the daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices. Both models support backward compatibility for 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2- and 10Gbps Thunderbolt-equipped devices when connected via the Apple® Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. As an added benefit, the second Thunderbolt 3 port also supports a variety of displays and a multitude of USB 3.1, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 devices when connected with the proper cable, and also fully support the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables streaming to one 4K display at 120Hz, or two 4K displays at 60Hz, or one 5K display at 60Hz.
Both the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition are housed in rugged aluminum enclosures and each features an ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fan that automatically speeds up and slows down as necessary to cool the installed card quietly and efficiently. Each Echo Express Thunderbolt 3 Edition chassis also includes a 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable as well as Sonnet’s exclusive ThunderLok™ 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip to secure the cable to the chassis and prevent accidental cable disconnects.
Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Thunderbolt 3 Editions of the Echo Express SE I and Echo Express SEL were designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet Technologies in California. The list of compatible PCIe cards is available on Sonnet’s website, and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.
The Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition (part number ECHO-EXP-SEL-T3) and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition (part number ECHO-EXP-SE1-T3) will begin shipping on Jan. 23, 2017, and each will have an MSRP of $269. More information on these products is available at:
The Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade cards (part number BRD-UPGRTB3-SEL and BRD-UPGRTB3-SE1) will begin shipping on Jan. 23, 2017, at an MSRP of $149.
More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.
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