Expanding Beyond the Box
Thunderbolt technology is amazing—the speed (up to 10Gb/s) and versatility (supporting high-resolution displays plus high-performance data devices through a single, compact port) make it clear that this is the next generation I/O technology, available today. But what about connecting existing FireWire® and eSATA peripherals, as well as high speed memory cards? Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter expands Thunderbolt connectivity to support more than just storage systems and monitors. This Sonnet adapter adds an ExpressCard/34 slot to any computer to which it’s connected, enabling you to use a wide variety of ExpressCard/34 cards to add a range of interfaces and capabilities to your system. Plus, it’s the fastest, least expensive SxS™ memory card reader available!
Imagine adding more FireWire ports or an eSATA interface through a single Thunderbolt adapter. Echo ExpressCard Pro allows you to choose your connections and add more to your setup. Because this adapter supports hot-swapping, you can select and change the ExpressCard to use as needed—it supports most Sonnet ExpressCard/34 cards (with a PCI Express interface), such as our FireWire interfaces, CompactFlash® and SDXC™ card readers, select eSATA controllers, and interface cards for our Qio™ CF4 and Qio E3 pro media readers. Echo ExpressCard Pro also supports specialty adapters like RME’s HDSPe ExpressCard, plus interface cards for the AJA® io Express and the Matrox® MX02 family. Support for Sony® SxS memory cards simply requires the installation of Sony’s latest SxS driver*.
Set up for this Thunderbolt adapter is simple—just connect it directly to your computer or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with a Thunderbolt cable (not included)—that’s it. There’s no software to install and no power supply to plug in. Plug the ExpressCard/34 card or SxS memory card into the adapter as you would into a notebook computer’s ExpressCard slot, install software for the adapter if necessary, and you are ready to work.
Supports Ultimate Performance with PCIe 2.0 Interface for ExpressCard 2.0 Cards
Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter supports ExpressCard 2.0 cards at full bandwidth for the ultimate performance (for example, Sonnet’s newest super-fast pro eSATA cards yield read/write speeds as high as 375 MB/s.) In addition, the adapter ingests footage from SxS memory cards at up to 150 MB/s. The Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter includes a 5-year warranty and gives you the additional connectivity you need, today.
Expands Your Computer’s Connectivity and Capabilities—Enables you to use ExpressCard/34 adapters with Thunderbolt technology-equipped computers
Reads SxS Memory Cards—Ingests footage from SxS memory cards at up to 150 MB/s
Fast Interface—High-performance 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, 5.0 Gb/s ExpressCard 2.0
Supports Common ExpressCard/34 Adapters—Supports Sonnet Pro CompactFlash and SDXC readers; FireWire, and select eSATA adapters
Supports Qio Interface Adapters—Enables use of Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 pro media readers via ExpressCard interface with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers
Supports Specialty ExpressCard/34 Adapters— Supports ExpressCard adapters for specialty devices such as AJA® io Express and Prism Sound ADA-8XR and Orpheus
Versatile Connectivity via Thunderbolt. Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter opens a world of connectivity options to any Thunderbolt technology-enabled computer. ExpressCard/34 adapters, originally intended for use with notebook computers, offer users additional connectivity and functionality beyond what’s available through their computers’ stock configuration. With Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard Pro, you can have an eSATA Thunderbolt adapter, a FireWire 800 Thunderbolt adapter, or an SDXC or CF Thunderbolt adapter.
Fastest and Least Expensive SxS Memory Card Reader with Thunderbolt Technology. High-performance SxS memory cards are used in Sony’s popular XDCAM® EX™ line of professional HD camcorders and the ARRI® ALEXA line of digital cameras. With the added capability to read SxS, SxS Pro™, and SxS-1™ cards, the Echo ExpressCard Pro instantly becomes the least expensive high-speed SxS memory card reader available, enabling Thunderbolt technology-equipped Mac computers to read SxS cards at over 150 MB/s.
*Sony’s Thunderbolt technology-compatible SxS driver for OS X may be downloaded from this Sonnet support link.
Any Mac with a Thunderbolt port
OS X® 10.6.8+
OS X Server 10.6.8+
OS X Mountain Lion compatible
SxS compatible with following driver
Specifications subject to change without notice.
The following products have been tested and are compatible with Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter. Additional products will be added to the list as they add support for Thunderbolt technology.
1. PCIe 2.0 card which performs better in ECHOPRO-E34. 2. Requires restart. 3. When used with PCIe card compatible with Thunderbolt technology. 4. Tested with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and RME HDSPe ExpressCard. 5. When used with Sonnet FireWire 800 Pro ExpressCard/34. 6. Compatible with only ECHO-E34. Not compatible with ECHOPRO-E34. 7. P2 requires 32-bit boot. 8. “We were able to run at our lowest latency settings and even run two 24 channel consoles together on a signle 1394 connection all at 32 samples per buffer with no dropouts. We were seriously blown away by how well this worked.” – PreSonus 9. When used with this Sonnet driver.