Sonnet Upgrades PCI Card Expansion Systems

Sonnet Technologies has launched upgraded versions of its Thunderbolt 3 to PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion systems.

These are the Echo III Desktop, a full-size desktop chassis that enables use of up to three high-performance PCIe cards, and the Echo III Rackmount with the same support and features in a rack-mountable 2U enclosure.

Replacing the Echo Express III-D and III-R (including HDX Editions), the new Echo systems have been upgraded with the addition of a mode switch that allows use of multiple Avid Pro Tools|HDX PCIe cards and new cooling fans for quieter operation. Both of these units have been Avid-qualified.

Echo III Desktop and Rackmount expansion systems enable users to connect three PCIe cards to computers lacking PCIe card slots. The Echo III Module used in both systems features one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots, while accommodating up to full-height, full-length (up to 12.28 inches long) PCIe cards. It connects them to a computer’s Thunderbolt port via the included 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable. The module integrates a universal 400W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for non-GPU cards that require extra power.

The Echo III Module provides two Thunderbolt 3 ports, with one for connection to the computer, while the second supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices plus two 4K monitors (or one 5K display), or a single USB device. The system provides up to 15W of power to any connected peripheral or host.

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