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Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter

Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter


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  • Add Peripherals via ExpressCard/34 Card
  • Hot-Swap Cards
  • For Most Sonnet ExpressCard/34 Cards
  • Compatible with Macs with Thunderbolt

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The Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter from Sonnet is an excellent way to expand your interface options on your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer. This external adapter connects to a Thunderbolt port and features an ExpressCard/34 card slot with the PCI Express 2.0 x1 bus interface. You can add Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB 3.0, CompactFlash, and SDXC flash card connectivity to your computer. All you need is the relevant ExpressCard/34 to fit into the adapter. In addition, the adapter also supports specialty adapters like the latest revision PCIe Bus Extender for Sonnet's Qio Professional Media Readers, and the interface adapter for the AJA io Express. Plus, you can hot-swap cards.

This adapter supports high-performance SxS memory cards that are used in Sony's 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, this adapter enables Mac computers to read SxS cards at over 100MB/s via Thunderbolt.

To setup the adapter, simply connect it to the end of your Thunderbolt device chain and to your computer via a separately sold Thunderbolt cable. Because the adapter is plug-and-play and does not require an AC adapter for power, you can immediately begin using it. The only software you might need to install would be for your ExpressCard/34.

Note: This adapter is compatible only with select Sonnet ExpressCard/34; however, other manufacturer's ExpressCard/34 products are expected to become compatible as their drivers are updated to be Thunderbolt technology-aware.

Sony's Thunderbolt technology-compatible SxS driver for Mac OS X may be downloaded from this Sonnet support link.

Expands Your Computer's Connectivity and Capabilities
Enables you to use ExpressCard/34 adapters with Thunderbolt technology-equipped computers
Fast Interface
High-performance 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology and 5Gbps ExpressCard/34 2.0 interface
Supports Common ExpressCard/34 Adapters
Supports Sonnet CompactFlash and SDXC readers; FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and select eSATA adapters
Supports Specialty ExpressCard/34 Adapters
Supports ExpressCard adapters for specialty devices such as Sonnet's Qio and the AJA io Express
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
External Connectors 1x Thunderbolt
1x ExpressCard/34
Data Transfer Up to 5Gbps
RoHS Compliant Yes
Compatible Mac Compatibility (Macs with Thunderbolt Technology):

iMac (Late 2011)
Mac mini (Mid 2011)
Mac mini Server (Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (Mid 2011)
MacBook Pro (Early 2011)
Mac OS 10.6.8+
Mac OS X Lion compatible

Note: Use of the adapter requires a Thunderbolt cable

Supported ExpressCard/34 Adapter Types:
PCIe-based with driver support for Thunderbolt Technology

List of Compatible ExpresssCard/34 Adapters:

Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34
Sonnet Tempo SATA 6Gbps ExpressCard/34
Sonnet Tempo edge SATA 6Gbps ExpressCard/34

Sonnet FireWire 800 Pro ExpressCard/34
Sonnet FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34

Memory Card Readers
Sonnet SDXC UHS-I Pro Reader/Writer ExpressCard/34
Sonnet Pro Dual CompactFlash Adapter ExpressCard/34

Specialty Product Adapters
Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34

Note: Other manufacturer's ExpressCard/34 products are expected to become compatible as their drivers are updated to be Thunderbolt technology-aware
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.7 x 4.0 x 1.3" (6.7 x 10.0 x 3.4 cm)
Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter
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