Sonnet Echo Express III-D

Sonnet Echo Express III-D

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Use Up to Three PCIe Cards with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots

Today's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power–power that many thought would only be possible in full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they're very desirable. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the latest Mac Pro®. Proven to be a processing powerhouse and packed with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports, it lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for transcoding data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. With the Echo Express III-D, Sonnet has created a solution that leverages the paradigm shift enabled by Thunderbolt technology, allowing PCIe expansion slots to be connected outside a computer. This desktop Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion chassis makes it possible for you to connect three professional video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards to any Mac® with a Thunderbolt port.

Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology that provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards, the Echo Express III-D delivers maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2. The III-D is also fully compatible with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology, supporting the majority of cards at full-performance.

FEATURES:

Key Features

Provides PCIe Card Expansion—Use high-performance PCIe cards with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port

Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with host computers and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology

Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card

Three PCIe Slots—Supports three full-length, full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card

Remarkably Quiet—Large, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans that automatically cool the cards, plus computer-modeled design that reduces airflow turbulence and velocity, combine to provide quieter cooling for all cards

Integrated Universal Power Supply—Built-in 300W power supply with 75W auxiliary power connector

Rugged Aluminum Housing—Provides robust and secure protection for any environment

Every Thunderbolt-Compatible Card Supported—Works with every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, regardless of length or height

AVID Qualified for Pro Tools|HDX & HD Native and Media Composer/Symphony


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

 

   
ECHO-EXP3FD Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System
Hardware  
Warranty 5-year
Form Factor Desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system
External Connectors Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
Internal Connector 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr (same type as on legacy Mac Pro motherboard; provides up to 75W of power for PCIe cards that require supplemental power)
Expansion Slots Facing Rear, Left to Right:
  • One x8 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 2.0
  • One x16 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 2.0
  • One x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0
PCIe Cards Supported(1)
  • One full length, full-height, double-width PCIe card, plus one single-width card

    or

  • Three full length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards
Compatible PCIe Cards(2) Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart
Power Supply Universal 300W, 115-230V AC, 50-60 Hz(5)
Operating Temperature

0˚ C to 35˚ C (32˚ F to 95˚ F)

 
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.8 x 16 x 10.2 in. (9.7 x 40.5 x 25.9 cm)
Weight   7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System
  • Power cord
  • Thunderbolt cable
  • ThunderLok3)
  • Documentation

Note: PCIe cards sold separately

 

Mac Compatibility

Mac® with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port

Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port with an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

OS X® 10.8.5+

macOS Sierra compatible

PC Compatibility

PC with a Thunderbolt 2 port(4)

Windows® 10, 8, 7

PCIe Card Compatibility

For up-to-date PCIe card compatibility see our PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

For maximum PCIe bandwidth when used with a Mac Pro (late 2013), dedicate one Thunderbolt 2 bus to the PCIe expansion slots. For more info see Sonnet's FAQ Article.


Technical Notes

  1. PCIe cards sold separately.
  2. Compatibility requires the installation of Thunderbolt technology-aware drivers, available from the manufacturer. See our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a list of up-to-date compatible PCIe cards.
  3. ThunderLok compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not yet compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.
  4. Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows. See the PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for details.
  5. Power supply will operate at 90-115V AC, with linear power deration of 240W-300W over that range.


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