Sonnet Announces Breakthrough-Priced Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Solo10G adapters add super-fast 10GbE network connectivity to a wide range of computers, enabling users to easily connect to 10GbE-enabled network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.

What It Does:

Measuring a compact 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall and featuring an extruded aluminum enclosure, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is a compact, rugged, fanless adapter for Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports. Equipped with a single RJ45 port, the adapter enables 10GbE connectivity via inexpensive CAT 6 or CAT 6A copper cabling at distances of up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. The adapter connects to a single Thunderbolt 2 port on the computer and is bus-powered for convenient, energy-efficient, and portable operation.

Why It’s Important:

The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is the simplest and lowest cost external solution yet for adding 10GbE network connectivity to computers equipped with older Thunderbolt technology, including the Mac Pro® 6,1. The Sonnet adapter offers Mac users a plug-and-play experience with no driver installation required; Windows use only requires a simple driver installation. The product is configured using operating system settings, so there’s no separate management program to install or run.

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The Solo10G adapter also supports NBASE-T™ (multigigabit) technology, the recent Ethernet standard that enables 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds on existing CAT 5e (and better) cabling at distances of up to 100 meters. This capability enables organizations with older infrastructure to simply update to multigigabit Ethernet switches and to use Sonnet’s Solo10G adapter to boost network transmission speeds up to 500% without the need to rewire.

How It’s Unique:

Unlike many 10GbE adapters, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition’s enclosure was designed to passively cool the circuitry within, eliminating the need for a fan and enabling silent operation.

The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is by far the lowest cost Thunderbolt 2 10Gb Ethernet adapter available today.

Like other Solo10G products, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition was engineered with security features essential to today’s users. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet network adapter is protected against malicious firmware modification. Any unauthorized attempt to modify the firmware to enable covert computer access renders it inoperable. These security features prevent the Solo10G adapter from being reprogrammed, except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.

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Sonnet Technologies at IBC2018

Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGPU) Solutions

At IBC2018, Sonnet will showcase its new, award-winning eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, a Thunderbolt™ 3 to GPU card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry graphics (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64, Radeon Pro WX 9100, 9100 SSG and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards. The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro® models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games. (Lists of supported computers and GPU cards are available at http://www.sonnettech.com/product/egfx-breakaway-box.html). Mac®- and Windows®-compatible, 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.

Sonnet will also display two new external graphics solutions, the eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560 and eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 570. Compact and powerful, these integrated Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processing unit (eGPU) systems are highly portable and offer users tremendously improved graphics performance when used with thin and light laptops.

Solo10G™ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters

Sonnet will showcase its new Solo10G™ Thunderbolt™ 3 Edition adapter and Solo10G PCIe® Card, the latest products in the company’s expanding line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) solutions. The Solo10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition adds lightning-fast 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac® or Windows® computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port, enabling users to easily connect their computers via copper cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. Its performance, diminutive size, simple setup, and silent operation make this Sonnet adapter ideal for use in a variety of workflows and environments. Its $199 MSRP sets a new price standard for 10GbE connectivity over Thunderbolt. The Solo10G PCIe Card adds 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac®, Windows®, or Linux® computer with PCI Express® (PCIe) slots. With its $99 MSRP, the card offers users an affordable and powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity.

Thunderbolt™ 3 Editions in Echo™ Express Family

Sonnet will showcase new Thunderbolt™ 3 editions of its award-winning Echo™ Express Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems. Sonnet’s top-of-the-line Echo™ Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (2U rackmount) systems support the installation of up to three full-length, full-height PCIe cards, and connect them to the computer through a single cable. With the latest interface, both systems enable users of Mac® and Windows® computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards. Both systems feature a built-in, universal 300-watt power supply with a 75-watt auxiliary power connector for installed cards, plus two large, ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments.

1TB And 2TB Fusion™ Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe® Flash Drives

Complementing its popular 1TB model, Sonnet will showcase the new 2TB Fusion™ Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe® Flash Drive. The rugged, pocket-sized, solid-state drive (SSD) storage device features NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gbps bandwidth of its Thunderbolt 3 interface to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2,600 MB/s. Designed for pro users requiring ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, the Fusion Flash Drive is bus-powered and features a rugged aluminum enclosure that effectively cools the SSD and eliminates the need for a fan, enabling silent operation. The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive connects to any compatible Mac® or Windows® computer with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable.

SF3™ Series Pro Card Readers

Sonnet will show its line of SF3™ Series dual-slot Thunderbolt™ 3 pro media readers. Each SF3 Series reader features a compact, rugged aluminum enclosure designed for stacking multiple readers. The SF3 Series — CFast™ 2.0 Pro Card Reader is bus-powered with no power adapter required, and can ingest files from two cards at concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000 MB/s. The SF3 Series — SxS™ Pro Card Reader features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, can support a bus-powered device (such as the CFast 2.0 reader), and can simultaneously ingest files from two SxS cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds.

Sonnet will also preview the newest member of the family, the SF3 Series — Sonnet RED MINI-MAG® Card Reader. Featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the reader can support a bus-powered device (such as the CFast 2.0 reader), and can simultaneously ingest files from two RED MINI-MAG cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds.

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