Sonnet Announces Professional Dual-Slot RED MINI-MAG Thunderbolt 3 Card Reader

The SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader features dual card slots and a 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. RED MINI-MAGs are the official SSD media for RED Digital Still and Motion Cameras.

Compatible with Mac® Windows®, and Linux® computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader ingests footage from two RED MINI-MAGs at the same time at their maximum speeds. Designed for demanding workflows, Sonnet’s SF3 Series card readers are built with rugged aluminum enclosures and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. These features enable users to stack and connect up to six readers in a daisy chain to their computer through a single cable, and ingest footage from four, six, or more cards simultaneously. The Sonnet reader is also compatible with older Macs with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the bidirectional Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt cable (both sold separately).

With the move to shooting footage in 8K and at high frame rates, RED MINI-MAGs fill up fast, and the need for a tool that accelerates offloading footage from multiple cards is greater than ever. The SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader was designed to meet the time-sensitive demands digital imaging technicians (DITs) and post professionals face on location and in edit suites. By itself, one Sonnet reader can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at up to 1,060 MB/s, cutting ingest times in half (or better) compared to any single-slot reader available. Users can connect three Sonnet readers to their computer to exploit Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth and ingest six RED MINI-MAGs in the same time it takes to ingest one card of the same capacity via any single-slot reader.

Certified RED APPROVED, Sonnet’s SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader is the most portable dual-slot MINI-MAG reader available. For digital imaging technicians (DIT’s) working multicamera shoots or in a small space, the ability to stack multiple SF3 Series RED MINI-MAG, SxS™, and CFast™ 2.0 readers in the same footprint is convenient, while connecting them all to the computer through a single cable is game-changing. Being able to ingest multiple cards simultaneously means that users can complete the ingest process — without swapping cards — in a little as one-sixth the time required using single-slot readers. For users who need to mount their gear in equipment racks, Sonnet SF3 Series readers include threaded mounting holes to support installation in a standard rack shelf, enabling side-by-side mounting of two readers in 1U of rack space.

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Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Expansion System/1U Rackmount Enclosure for Apple Mac mini

The xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition features a dual-port Thunderbolt 3 interface that enables it to support the latest Mac mini computers, which now feature Thunderbolt 3 technology.

Inside its custom 1U enclosure — designed for use in 19-inch server, equipment, and portable racks — the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition securely mounts a Mac mini computer and connects two PCIe card slots to the computer through one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports. These slots support one full-height, full-length, single-width PCIe card, plus one full-height, half-length card (with space for a daughter card). One USB-A port and a power button mounted on the front panel enable operation of the system without requiring access to the back of the computer. Additional panel-mount cables (HDMI, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-A) connect ports on the computer to ports on the back of the xMac mini Server for convenient external cable connection. A power hub provides a single connection to a power outlet for the computer and the PCIe card expansion system, while a removable top lid provides easy access to the computer and installed cards.

For numerous applications, a Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 ports has more than ample processing power, but the computer’s compact size limits its potential uses, especially in pro audio and video workflows. The xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition was designed to address the computer’s limitations — a lack of PCIe slots for expansion cards that provide additional connectivity and functionality and no easy way to be securely mounted in a rack — and enable it to match the extensibility of a full-sized computer.

With a Mac mini mounted in the xMac mini Server, it can harness the power of professional audio interface cards such as the Avid® Pro Tools | HDX, pro video capture and transcoding cards, as well as SAS and SATA HBA, Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards, creating a workstation replacement in the process. Mounted in a rack, the xMac mini Server makes the computer road-ready, enveloping it in a rugged steel enclosure and employing firm rubber cushions to hold the computer in place during transport.

The xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition is the only all-in-one solution available for securely rack-mounting a Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 ports and connecting a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system. Over the past seven years, this combination of elements has enabled thousands of users (using earlier-generation products) to incorporate Mac mini computers into workflows that would otherwise require much larger computers. This latest generation product enables users to exploit the latest Mac mini computers’ capabilities to their fullest.

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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 Announces Updated Mac mini Mounting Solutions

The RackMac mini secures one or two Mac mini computers side-by-side in a server, equipment, or portable rack or in a molded case. The MacCuff mini secures the computer to the back of a monitor, under or on a desk or table, or even on a wall.

What They Do:
The RackMac mini is a fully assembled rackmount enclosure that secures one or two Mac mini computers in a standard 19-inch rack. The enclosure’s front panel gives users direct access to each computer’s power switch and one of its USB-A ports, enabling them to switch each computer on and off and connect a keyboard, mouse, or other USB device without having to access the back of the computer.

The MacCuff mini, designed for theft prevention, is a heavy-gauge steel security mounting bracket that secures a Mac mini computer to the back of a monitor via its extra VESA 75 or 100 mounting holes, or to any desk, table, or wall, while giving full access to the computer’s ports and power switch.

Why They’re Important:
For users who need to mount Mac mini computers in a rack or need a simple way to move one off the desktop, Sonnet’s Mac mini mounting solutions provide robust and secure protection. The RackMac mini envelops the computers inside a rugged steel enclosure just 8.25 inches deep and features firm rubber cushions that hold the computers in place during transport, making the computers road-ready and perfect for use in portable racks, OB trucks, and flight cases. The MacCuff mini enables users to mount a Mac mini to the back of a monitor with available VESA mounting holes, under a desk, or attached to another surface with included hardware. Its steel locking bar provides theft protection when used with a user-provided padlock.

How They’re Unique:
With its updated design, the RackMac mini now supports all Mac mini models, from mid-2010 through current (late 2018). No other Mac mini rackmount product encloses and secures the computers without trapping them in recirculating hot rack air, while providing front power control and USB port access.

With the included steel locking bar installed and the user’s padlock attached, MacCuff mini secures a Mac mini on all sides, is pry-resistant, and provides theft deterrence all around. To provide convenience and cut cable clutter, Sonnet also includes a .35-meter HDMI cable to connect a monitor-mounted computer.

When You Can Get Them:
The updated RackMac mini (part number RACK-MIN-2XA) and MacCuff mini (part number CUFF-MIN-LH) are available now at suggested retail prices of $199 and $59.95, respectively.

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