Sonnet Launches Dual-Slot SxS Pro Card Reader Using Thunderbolt 3

Sonnet Technologies has announced its SF3 Series, a SxS Pro Card Reader, the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface.

Sonnet said the SxS card reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the 2,750 MB/s bandwidth that Thunderbolt 3 offers. It can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds and is also compatible with SD and XQD media cards when used with Sonnet adapters.

Compatible with Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Sonnet reader is also compatible with Mac computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.

"Our new SxS 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 as they ingest footage," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "With the move to shooting in 4K, combined with ever-shrinking production deadlines, cutting the time necessary to offload footage is critical.

“The SF3 Series — SxS Pro Card Reader gives users the ability to ingest content from two SxS cards at once at the fastest speeds the cards will support, and, with additional readers daisy-chained, the ability to ingest four or more cards concurrently."

Measuring 5.75 inches wide by 5.1 inches deep by one inch tall, the reader’s shell is made from extruded aluminum. It is lightweight, rugged and able to withstand heavy use. The Sonnet card reader features two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports — one port is reserved 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 3.1 device.

The package includes a 19-inch Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable, plus a Sonnet-exclusive ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip to secure the cable to the reader and prevent accidental cable disconnects.

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