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

Sonnet Technologies has announced the SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader featuring dual card slots and a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface. 

Sonnet said RED MINI-MAGs are the official SSD media for RED Digital Still and Motion Cameras. The new reader is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The reader ingests footage from two RED MINI-MAGs at the same time at their maximum speeds. Designed for demanding workflows, Sonnet's readers are built with 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).

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.

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