Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Pro


This Sonnet adapter adds an ExpressCard/34 slot to any computer to which it’s connected

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Product Description

MacBook Air with Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt AdapterExpanding 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

MacBook Air with Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt AdapterEcho 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.


Key Features

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


Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter Interface Options

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.

Ingest SxS Media via Thunderbolt Technology

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.

Part No.
ECHOPRO-E34 Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter (PCIe 2.0)
Warranty 5-year
SxS Compatible Yes, with following driver
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
External Connectors 1 Thunderbolt 1 ExpressCard/34
Data Transfer Speeds Up to 5.0 Gb/s
Supported ExpressCard/34 Adapter Types PCIe-based with driver support for Thunderbolt Technology
Dimensions WxDxH: 2.7″ x 4.0″ x 1.3″ (6.7 x 10.0 x 3.4 cm)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter(1)
  • Quick Start Guide
PDF IconProduct Spec Sheet

Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter Support

Mac Compatibility

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

Technical Notes

  1. Requires Thunderbolt cable.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Compatible Products

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.

Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34

Sonnet Products

Compatible ExpressCard/34 Cards

Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro 6Gb ExpressCard/34(1)
Sonnet Tempo edge SATA Pro 6Gb ExpressCard/34(1)
Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 
Sonnet Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34(6)
Sonnet Tempo SATA edge ExpressCard/34(6)
Sonnet FireWire 800 Pro ExpressCard/34
Sonnet FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 (FireWire ports only)
Memory Card Readers
Sonnet SDXC UHS-I Pro Reader/Writer ExpressCard/34
Sonnet Pro Dual CompactFlash Adapter ExpressCard/34 
Sonnet Qio Pro Universal Media Reader(7)
Sonnet Qio Pro E3 Pro SxS Media Reader(1)
Sonnet Qio CF4 Pro CompactFlash Media Reader(1)


Compatible Devices

Sonnet Qio E3 3-card/device expander(1)


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.

Third-Party Products

RME HDSPe ExpressCard

Compatible ExpressCard/34 Cards

Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash (CF) Reader(9)
Matrox ExpressCard/34 adapter
RME HDSPe ExpressCard
RME HDSPe MADIface ExpressCard
Sony SxS-1, Sony SxS Pro
Sony XQD ExpressCard Adapter

AJA io Express

Compatible Devices

AJA io Express (2)
Magma ExpressBox 1 (3)
Matrox MXO2 Mini 
Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX
Matrox MXO2 LE
Matrox MXO2 LE MAX
Matrox MXO2
Matrox MXO2 MAX
Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX
RME Hammerfall DSP Multiface II (4)

Echo Express Thunderbolt Adapte with FireWire ExpressCard/34

Compatible FireWire Devices(5)

Metric Halo 2882
Metric Halo LIO-8
Metric Halo ULN-2
Metric Halo ULN-8
PreSonus FireStudio Mobile(8)
PreSonus FireStudio Project(8)
PreSonus Studio Live 16.0.2(8)
PreSonus Studio Live 16.4.2(8)
PreSonus Studio Live 24.4.2(8)
Prism Sound ADA-8XR
Prism Sound Orpheus
RME Fireface 800
RME Fireface 400
RME Fireface UFX
RME Fireface UCX