Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Expansion System for Apple Mac Mini


Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition, an updated version of its Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system and rackmount enclosure for Apple Mac mini computers. 

Sonnet said 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.

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