Sonnet IBC2019 Show Preview

At IBC2019, Sonnet’s upcoming Echo™ Pro 10G Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock will make its European debut. Designed for pro video and audio users who need to copy files to and from multiple drives, the Echo Pro 10G dock features three USB-C ports plus three USB-A ports. Unlike all other docks — which connect all their USB ports to a single USB controller that functions as a hub, splitting bandwidth between them — the Sonnet dock is equipped with three 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 controllers, each supporting only two ports. This design enables maximum-speed file transfers between multiple high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 drives and a computer through a single Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable.

The Echo Pro 10G includes a blazing-fast 10GBASE-T (copper) 10GbE network port, enabling connection to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems via inexpensive CAT 6 or CAT 6A cabling. The Echo Pro 10G Thunderbolt 3 Dock also features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports to support daisy chaining of up five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices, and it provides up to 87W to power and charge compatible notebook and laptop computers.

Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe® Card Expansion Systems

Sonnet-echo_express_iii-d_t3eAt IBC2019, Sonnet will show its Echo Express™ and xMac™ lines of Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems, showcasing the new xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition. The expansion systems house PCIe adapter cards that add connectivity options and processing power to computers without card slots and connect them to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable. Available with one, two, or three card slots, and accommodating from low-profile to full-height, full-length cards — these systems support high-performance non-GPU cards, including pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards. In addition to housing and connecting two PCIe cards, the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition securely mounts a Mac mini® computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports inside its custom 1U enclosure designed for use in 19-inch server, equipment, and portable racks.

Desktop and Portable eGPU Solutions

sonnet_egfx_breakaway_puckSonnet will demonstrate its Apple®-qualified eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650 and eGFX Breakaway™ Puck Radeon RX 570 Thunderbolt™ 3 external graphics solutions (eGPU). These systems significantly accelerate video production workflows, boosting the graphics performance of eGFX-compatible computers with the most popular pro video editing, rendering, color grading, animation, and special effects applications. eGFX Breakaway Boxes were designed to support large, high-performance video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards including the latest GPU cards from both AMD and NVIDIA®, enabling users to choose a card best matching their performance and budget needs. The all-in-one eGFX Breakaway Puck is compact and powerful, highly portable, and offers users tremendously improved graphics performance — on the computer’s primary screen or on an externally connected display — when used with thin and light laptops, mini desktops, and all-in-one computers.

10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Networking Product Family

At IBC2019, Sonnet will feature the industry’s most comprehensive line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters and cards: Solo10G™ single-port and Twin10G™ dual-port 10GbE Thunderbolt™ adapters, plus Solo10G single-port and Presto™ 10GbE dual-port 10GbE PCI Express® (PCIe®) cards, including all-new, low-cost 10GbE optical adapters. Sonnet’s 10GbE solutions enable users to connect their computers easily via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.

SF3™ Series Pro Card Readers

Sonnet_sf3_readers_stackedSonnet will show its line of SF3™ Series dual-slot Thunderbolt™ 3 pro media readers, showcasing the new SF3 Series — Sonnet RED MINI-MAG® Card Reader. Featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the reader can simultaneously ingest files from two RED MINI-MAG cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds, and can support a bus-powered device (such as the SF3 Series — CFast™ 2.0 Pro Card Reader). Each SF3 Series reader, including the SF3 Series — SxS™ Pro Card Reader, features a compact rugged aluminum enclosure designed for stacking multiple readers and simultaneously ingesting files from two cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds. Depending on media type, concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000+ MB/s from two cards are supported, while daisy-chained SF3 Series readers can leverage Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth, enabling users to ingest four, six, or more cards simultaneously.

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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 Technologies at the 2019 NAB Show

Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe® Card Expansion Systems.

Sonnet-echo_express_iii-d_t3eAt the 2019 NAB Show, Sonnet will showcase its dual lines of Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems, devices that house PCIe adapter cards that add connectivity options and processing power to computers without card slots, and connect them to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable.

Sonnet will demonstrate multi-GPU support for the Mac® enabled by eGFX Breakaway™ Boxes. These systems were designed and qualified specifically for large power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, which many pro video editing, rendering, color grading, animation, and special effects applications rely on to do heavy computational work. Harnessing the power of GPUs — including the latest GPU cards from both NVIDIA® and AMD — Breakaway Boxes can significantly accelerate video production workflows. Lists of supported computers and GPU cards are available.

Sonnet-egfx_breakaway_box_650Enabling workflows in ways not possible otherwise, Echo™ Express systems — available with one, two, or three card slots, and accommodating from low-profile to full-height, full-length cards — support high-performance non-GPU cards, including pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards.

Portable eGPU Solutions

sonnet_egfx_breakaway_puckSonnet will demonstrate its two Apple®-qualified all-in-one external graphics solutions (eGPU), 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 systems are highly portable and offer users tremendously improved graphics performance — on the computer’s primary screen or on an externally connected display — when used with thin and light laptops, mini desktops, and all-in-one computers.

NEW: 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Networking Product Family

Sonnet-solo10_sfp_pcie_card_w_transceiverAt the 2019 NAB Show, Sonnet will feature the industry’s most comprehensive line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters and cards: Solo10G™ single-port and Twin10G™ dual-port 10GbE Thunderbolt™ adapters, plus Solo10G single-port and Presto™ 10GbE dual-port 10GbE PCI Express® (PCIe®) cards, including all-new low-cost 10GbE optical adapters. Sonnet’s 10GbE solutions enable users to connect their computers easily via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.

NEW: SF3™ Series Pro Card Readers

Sonnet_sf3_readers_stackedSonnet will show its line of SF3™ Series dual-slot Thunderbolt™ 3 pro media readers, showcasing the soon-to-ship SF3 Series — Sonnet RED MINI-MAG® Card Reader. Featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the reader can support a bus-powered device (such as the SF3 Series — CFast™ 2.0 Pro Card Reader) and can simultaneously ingest files from two RED MINI-MAG cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds. Each SF3 Series reader, including the SF3 Series — SxS™ Pro Card Reader, features a compact rugged aluminum enclosure designed for stacking multiple readers and can simultaneously ingest files from two cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds. Depending on media type, concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000+ MB/s from two cards are supported, while daisy-chained SF3 Series readers can leverage Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth.

NEW: Thunderbolt™ 3 Pro Dock

Sonnet-Echo11Thunderbolt3DockAt the 2019 NAB show, Sonnet will demonstrate a companion to its popular Echo™ 11 Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock, revealing an all-new rugged and powerful Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock designed specifically for pro video and audio industry users.

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Sonnet Introduces Two Four-Port SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps PCIe Adapter Cards

Sonnet Technologies announced the availability of two new four-port, dual-controller SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps PCIe® adapter cards, the Allegro™ Pro USB 3.1 PCIe and Allegro USB-C 4-Port PCIe. The Allegro cards add four powered USB-A or USB-C ports, respectively, to any Mac®, Windows®, or Linux® computer with PCI Express® (PCIe) slots, and to Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt™ ports when installed in a Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis.

Both Sonnet adapter cards feature dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 controllers and support the fastest SSD-based USB drives available with file transfer speeds up to 800 MB/s from a single drive, and up to 1,200 MB/s aggregate from four drives. Both cards support USB bus-powered SSD, SSD RAID, and hard drive devices with up to 7.5 watts of power per port, without the user having to connect auxiliary power to the card or AC power adapters to the devices. Hubs and other USB-IF-compliant devices are also supported.

“Although they feature modern CPUs, so many current desktop and workstation computers are equipped only with generations-old USB interfaces or, at best, a single modern USB port,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “For broadcasters, post, and AV professionals, the ability to move files quickly from and between multiple USB drives is critical; onboard I/O is too slow. Sonnet’s latest USB adapter cards make it easy for users to add four super-fast 10Gbps USB-A or USB-C ports to their setups and benefit from significantly faster data transfers.”

Sonnet designed the Allegro cards with a focus on intelligent power management and delivery for powering attached drives through its ports. Allegro incorporates advanced technologies including independent power regulation that isolates each port to prevent cross-coupled power glitches — such as when a hard drive spins up after connection — that may cause accidental disconnects, and resettable port power fuses. Additionally, the cards are optimized for Thunderbolt, offering full performance when installed in any of Sonnet’s Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card chassis.

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Allegro™ Pro USB 3.1 PCIe® Dual-Controller, Four-Port SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps USB-A Adapter Card

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Symply Demonstrate Industry’s First Affordable High-Speed Multi-User StorNext®6 Powered Thunderbolt™

With the high adoption rates of Thunderbolt equipped workstations and laptops being used in media production, being able to connect high-speed shared storage has not been easy and requires expensive and bulky adapters. SymplyWORKSPACE allows laptops and workstations equipped with Thunderbolt™3 to ingest, edit, finish, and deliver without the need to move content locally, even at 4K resolutions with a direct Thunderbolt™3 cable connection, and with no adapter needed.

Based on industry leading Quantum StorNext®6 sharing software, users can reliably connect up to 8 laptops and workstations to the system using a standard Thunderbolt with no additional hardware or adapters, and share video files, graphics and other data files instantly.

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One of the early limitations of Thunderbolt™3 has been the short cable length from storage to workstation. With the introduction of Corning® optical cable technology, users can now be tens of metres away from the SymplyWORKSPACE.

While the company has not announced pricing or availability, the systems are expected to start under $10,000 USD for 48TB and up to four users, making the solution perfect for smaller post-production houses, in-house creative, houses of worship, sports teams, ad agencies, and any creative user facility with more than one user looking for high-speed sharing at an affordable price.

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