Sonnet Announces Echo Pro 10G Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Sonnet will debut its multi-port Echo Pro 10G Thunderbolt 3 Dock at IBC in Amsterdam.

Designed for pro video and audio users who need to copy files to and from multiple drives, Sonnet said the Echo Pro 10G dock features three USB-C ports plus three USB-A ports.

Unlike 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 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.

At IBC2019, Sonnet will also 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. 

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