On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Sonnet Technologies

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NEW: Thunderbolt 3 Editions in Echo Express Family — Sonnet will showcase new Thunderbolt 3 editions of its Echo Express SEL and Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion systems, which are both now shipping. The compact and lightweight SEL and SE I chassis harness Thunderbolt 3 to enable data transfers up to 2,750 MB/s for both Mac and Windows computers, supporting a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards. Differing only in size, the single-slot SEL and SE I systems are ideal for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card. With the new interface, both systems enable users of computers equipped with 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards.

Also at the 2017 NAB Show, Sonnet will demonstrate Thunderbolt 3 editions of its award-winning, three-slot Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (2U rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems, as well as the all-new, compact three-slot Echo Express SE III desktop system.

NEW: eGFX Breakaway Box — At the 2017 NAB Show, Sonnet will unveil its new eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt 3-to- PCI Express (PCIe) expansion solution designed specifically for bandwidth-intensive graphics applications. The eGFX Breakaway Box boosts graphics performance by giving users the ability to connect a high-performance graphics (GPU) card or other PCIe card to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped, eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computer. The box’s single-port, 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface enables data transfers up to 2,750 MB/s and supports popular GPU chipsets such as AMD Radeon R and RX and NVIDIA GeForce GTX. (A list of supported eGFX-enabled computers and GPU cards will be available on the Sonnet Technologies website, In addition to GPU cards, the Breakaway Box supports every Thunderbolt 3-compatible PCIe card regardless of length or height. The new Sonnet system is the coolest and quietest eGFX box on the market, with a built-in, variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan that quietly and effectively cools the installed card.

NEW: SF3 Series Card Readers — Sonnet will be introducing the first product in its new SF3™ Series of Thunderbolt 3 pro media readers. The SF3 Series — CFast 2.0 card reader, featuring dual card slots and a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, can ingest files from two cards at concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000 MB/s — more than double the average ingest speed of USB 3 card readers. The compact CFast 2.0 card reader is bus-powered with no power adapter required. Each member of the SF3 Series family will feature dual card slots, a Thunderbolt 3 interface, and a rugged aluminum enclosure designed for stacking multiple readers. At the Show, Sonnet will also preview upcoming models, including an SxS reader.

10 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions — At the 2017 NAB Show, Sonnet will feature its range of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) adapters and cards, including all-new Thunderbolt 3 adapters. The company’s Twin 10G and Twin 10G SFP+ for Thunderbolt 2 — and now Thunderbolt 3 — are dual-port adapters that add lightning-fast 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 port, respectively. With the Twin 10G and Twin 10G SFP+, users can easily connect their computers via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. Their performance, compact size, easy setup, and quiet operation make these Sonnet adapters suitable for use in a variety of workflows and environments.


In addition, Sonnet will showcase its Presto 10GbE SFP+ PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 card and Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T PCIe 3.0 card. These 10 GbE dual-port cards are cost-effective solutions for users to connect their computers to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the10GbE standard. The Presto 10GbE SFP+ is a low-profile PCIe 2.0 x8 card designed for users who need to connect through optical network infrastructure. The Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T is a low-profile PCIe 3.0 x4 card designed for users who need to connect to network infrastructure via common copper cabling. Both Presto cards work with Mac Pro ® towers, Windows PCs, Linux ® servers, and computers with Thunderbolt ports via Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems.

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