News From Sonnet…
Following on from the success of their Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Sonnet have announced that they will be adding to the family with a new ‘Pro’ dock! This dock will offer connectivity expansion specifically targeting professional video and audio users, so watch this space as more information becomes available!
Spotted at IBC Show 2018: AJA Kona 5 is built for Thunderbolt and was demonstrated in a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650
Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the KONA product line. KONA 5 is AJA’s blazingly fast, 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows.
Sonnet Innovates with Thunderbolt at NAB Show 2018, Booth SL10224
Sonnet will showcase new Thunderbolt™ 3 editions of its award-winning Echo™ Express Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems. Sonnet will also feature the Avid®-qualified xMac™ Pro Server, its innovative rack-mount solution with built-in Thunderbolt™ 2 to PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion for the Mac Pro® computer. Don’t forget to check out their powerful eGPU solutions, the eGFX Breakaway Box and eGFX Breakaway Puck. On the storage front, there is the super-portable, super-fast Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive to see in action. Finally, if you need to expand your display capabilities on your Thunderbolt-enabled laptop, check out their Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adaptor and Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adaptor! Visit Sonnet Technologies at NAB Show 2018 or Schedule a Meeting
Sonnet will showcase its new eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, a Thunderbolt™ 3 to eGPU PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64, Radeon Pro WX 9100, 9100 SSG and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards. The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro® models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games.
Sonnet will also display two new external graphics solutions, the eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 560 and eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 570. Compact and powerful, these integrated Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processing unit (eGPU) systems are highly portable and offer users tremendously improved graphics performance when used with thin and light laptops.
Sonnet’s 1TB Fusion™ Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe® Flash Drive Now Shipping
Sonnet Technologies today announced that the new 1TB version of its popular Fusion™ Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe® Flash Drive is now shipping. A rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, the Mac®- and Windows®-compatible drive is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/s. The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users requiring ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, unencumbered by the need for an AC power adaptor. The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable.
Sonnet Launches Highly Portable eGPU Devices for Accelerating Laptop Computer Graphics
Sonnet Technologies today introduced an all-new paradigm in Thunderbolt™ connected external GPU (eGPU) devices with the eGFX Breakaway™ Puck, an extremely portable, high-performance, all-in-one eGPU for Thunderbolt 3 computers that delivers accelerated graphics, and provides multi-display connectivity leveraging AMD’s Eyefinity™ technology. With a Puck connected, a user’s computer can deliver dramatically accelerated frame rates in popular graphics-intensive games, and boosted GPU acceleration for pro video applications anytime and anywhere it is needed.
Sonnet Technologies Announce New eGFX Breakaway Box
Connect a High-Performance Graphics Card or Other Bandwidth-Hungry PCIe Card to a Thunderbolt™ 3 Equipped Computer
Ideal for Accelerating:
Special Effects • Animation • Colour Grading • Rendering • Video Editing • Graphic Intensive Gaming
Sonnet’s eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion solution, supports any Thunderbolt compatible PCIe card, but is designed specifically for bandwidth-intensive video graphic cards. The Breakaway Box enables all the popular GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt such as AMD Radeon® R9 and RX and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX7, 9 and 10 series, providing GPU support for computationally-intensive applications and games. The eGFX is also capable of charging your compatible Thunderbolt 3 laptop! One less power supply needed while travelling!
More detail on compatibility and specifications available from Broadcast Bruce. Call to discuss options.
Sonnet Launches Thunderbolt™ 3 to Dual HDMI™ 2.0 Adaptor for Mac® and Windows® Computers
Sonnet Technologies today announced its latest Thunderbolt™ 3 product, the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI™ 2.0 Adaptor. The compact bus-powered device enables users to connect up to two 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) HDMI monitors with just one Thunderbolt 3 port on their computers… The Sonnet adaptor is a plug-and-play solution for adding dual HDMI port connectivity to computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users simply plug the Thunderbolt adaptor into their computers, connect the monitors with standard HDMI cables (sold separately), and then configure the displays through the operating system.
Thunderbolt Product Ranges
Rack-mount Servers and Mounting Kits
Expand & Secure Your Mac Pro
A 16″ Deep, 4RU rack mount enclosure that snugly supports your Mac Pro and passes all connectors to the back plate where you would expect them on any server. Includes three PCIe 2.0 slots connected to the Mac Pro via a 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface card (Upgrade-able to Thunderbolt 3) with a dedicated power supply to support any high powered PCIe cards, such as GPU’s, RED Rocket or Avid Pro Tools boards (FYI: Many Sonnet enclosures and interfaces are Avid certified!)
Make your Mac Pro server room friendly, mobile cart / road ready and classroom safe. Enjoy a clutter free office desk and put your computer, hard drives, peripherals and all their cables and power supplies in one box under the desk. All of that and you also get power buttons and USB ports on the FRONT where you need them!
Endless Expansion Possibilities
Additional expansion is provided with the optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits: Add HDD’s, SSD’s, LTO and Blu-Ray! It’s true. Optical and magnetic storage is still alive and well and important.
The kits come in a number of pre-configured models that can be customised to meet your specific requirements. With your choice of 2.5″, 3.5″ or 5.25″ device mounting options, SATA/SAS and RAID interfaces and with ALL CABLES included, you just add the drives (HDD/SSD/Optical/LTO) you want!
EXP3FR-MRM – Basic Edition: you provide the mobile rack devices, cables, and PCIe cards.
MR-STO-X8SSD – Storage x8 Expansion Edition: You add 8 of your own 2.5″ SSD’s or HDD’s to the hot swap caddies.
MR-BRM-X2S1H – Blu-Ray Mastering Edition: Blu-Ray Burner Included! Just add 2 of your own SSD’s and a 3.5″ HDD.
MR-MPM-X3HD – Mac Pro Migration Edition: Add 4 x 3.5″ HDD’s for hot swap, high capacity, low cost storage.
MR-LTO-X4SSD – Data Archiving Edition: Add an internal LTO drive with SAS interface and 4 x SSD’s to the included hot swap caddies.
Make a Mac Mini Server into an ACTUAL Server
The same concept as the xMac Pro Server, but more compact to suit the Mac Mini. A 1RU rack mount chassis that upgrades your little desktop server with cable management, internal power supply and two PCIe slots that will open it up to any of the connectivity and processing options you would expect of a server, including: 10/40GbE, Fibre Channel, SDI video or powerful GPU’s. If you are using Mac Mini’s as servers, this solution also offers significant density savings by removing external devices, power supplies and associated clutter.
RackMac Pro and RackMac Mini
There is a lot to like about being able to rack mount your Mac Pro or Mac Mini. The re-positioning of connectors and power button to more convenient locations, the cable management advantages and the increased density offered for server and mobile rack installations are a few. There are also a lot of powerful features included in the xMac Pro and Mini’s discussed above. However, if you don’t need the peripheral and PCIe expansion, the RackMac enclosures remove those components and increase rack density by allowing either two Mac Pro’s or two Mac Mini’s to be installed side by side in the same RU.
In both enclosures, USB and power are accessible on the front. The Mac Pro USB, Ethernet and HDMI ports are also re-positioned to the back panel. With the RackMac Mini, should your Mac Mini server not posses one internally, you can install a Sonnet Blu-Ray burner in the left hand bay instead of a second Mac Mini. In the case of the RackMac Pro, there is sufficient space in the enclosure to mount a Sonnet Technologies Twin 10G Thunderbolt to Dual 10GBASE-T adaptor, giving both Mac Pro’s dual 10 GbE ports.
Thunderbolt Desktop and Rack-Mount Expansion Systems
Don’t Compromise on Connectivity or Processing
Whether Apple or PC, this ultra-light, all-in-one, thinner, aerodynamic world is not always compatible with the tools we need to use. If you have invested in powerful, workhorse of a laptop, why should you need to invest in a second desktop or workstation purely to get access to specialised video hardware, storage or network interface?
Sonnet Technologies Echo Express range of desktop and rack mount Thunderbolt expansion systems allow you to upgrade any Thunderbolt enabled laptop, desktop, workstation or server with best-in-class PCIe hardware.
Options range from the compact, low profile, single slot (SEL) up to SE III desktop and rack mount configurations accommodating combinations of up to three full length and double height PCIe cards. The Echo Express Expansion systems can be daisy chained, allowing for massive upgrade options. They are also easily upgrade-able from Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 simply by swapping out the interface card.
With built in power supplies, super quiet fans and cleverly designed, rugged aluminium enclosure, Sonnet Technologies are confident enough in their engineering to back it with a full 5 year warranty. So you know it won’t let you down… or fry your expensive GPU! They also include a high quality Thunderbolt cable (TCB-TB-1M) and Sonnets ThunderLok (TB-LOK2) retainer clip to keep that cable connected.
Everything You Need to Get Connected
Sonnet Technologies provide a comprehensive range of Thunderbolt cables and accessories to get you connected including durable, long range optical Thunderbolt 2 cables (TCB-TB-OPT-10M) so you can put your system and peripherals where it suits you.
Thunderbolt Docks and Adaptors
Echo 15+ Dock
I Like Laptop Portability and Desktop Connectivity
It is nice having one computer. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s better for the environment and, especially for those without unifying cloud and corporate services, ensures we are always working in a safe and comfortable space… virtually speaking. The problem it is not only tedious, but gets messy having to constantly plug and unplug that monitor, network cable, USB Keyboard/Mouse. hard drive, headset…. Anyway, problem solved! One Thunderbolt 2 cable and everything is connected at once. 16 ports. One Box.
Where Did All Our Ports Go?
Remember when a laptop had all the ports you needed? Slowly they were all stripped away to make things lighter and thinner. I don’t remember asking for them to do it, but apparently they did it for my own good anyway. So, instead of an endless daisy chain of dongles and adaptors, Echo 15+ lets you get your multiple USB 3.0 devices, Firewire deck, eSATA drive, GbE network and Skype headset all hooked in at once with a single cable. Also, the additional Thunderbolt port supports daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices or attaching a monitor up to 4K resolution. But wait. There’s more. There’s enough space inside the Echo 15+ to mount a 3.5″ or two 2.5″ hard drives AND have a Blu-Ray burner!
Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 2
Wifi is SLOW…
…and so is Gigabit Ethernet when it some down to it. If you are in a professional video environment, you need to move a lot of data, very fast. You also need to collaborate with other production staff. This has traditionally meant either very expensive storage systems, cabling and other infrastructure, or a lot of running with hard drives in hand and fingers crossed. Thankfully, the cost of high performance networked storage, switching and cabling has come down significantly, and solutions (many available from Broadcast Bruce) are within reach of even small businesses. Chances are however, if you are running on a laptop or an AIO computer like an iMac, you are lucky if you have a 1 GbE port these days.
What you probably do have is a Thunderbolt 2 or 3 port and as we have seen, Sonnet Technologies can connect you to virtually anything so long as you have Thunderbolt. The Twin 10G products are specifically targeted at the high speed and high availability network storage markets, delivering two ports of either 10Base-T 10Gb Ethernet over CAT6 or 10GbE SFP+ for long range fibre connectivity. Two ports providing for redundancy, aggregation or network isolation depending on what your IT guys are trying to achieve.
Paired with Sonnet’s PCIe 10GbE cards for workstations and servers and a quality switch, it is highly likely your entire network and storage server architecture could be running up to 10x faster with very little investment.
Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive
Take Sonnet Technologies insanely high performance PCI Gen 3 Solid State Storage technology and marry it with their unrivalled expertise in Thunderbolt interfaces. What you end up with is a storage device that is palm-sized, bus powered and 4K capable – not an easy feat. At not much more that needs saying really. Fastest storage that can fit in your pocket. Probably.
Professional Media Readers
CompactFlash/SxS/P2 Media Readers
SF3 Series – CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader
Professional dual-slot CFast 2.0 card reader for computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Supports ingest from any CFast card at maximum speeds, and simultaneous ingest of two cards at up to 1000 MB/s. Features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface with user-replaceable, captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable with USB-C connector.
Echo ExpressCard Pro
ExpressCard adapter for use with compatible Sonnet and third-party ExpressCards and computers with Thunderbolt ports. In addition, Echo ExpressCard Pro is the fastest and least expensive SxS memory card reader with Thunderbolt technology.
Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader
Panasonic P2 memory card reader for any Mac with a Thunderbolt port. Read speeds up to 70 MB/s. Supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates. Supports microP2 cards with adapter, sold separately.
Pro Rack Mount and Desktop Storage Solutions
Fusion Rack Mount
Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0
RAID storage made simple. Four 3.5″ SATA drive bays for you to populate with the capacity drives you need. Hardware RAID 0 / 5 / 10 / JBOD support, easily configured with a switch. USB 3.0 host interface provides performance and broad compatibility across operating systems and configurations. Pairs nicely with RackMac Mini and xMac Mini Server enclosures.
Fusion RX1600RAID and RX1600 Expansion
3RU, 16 Bay SATA RAID storage system and matching 16 Bay Expansion. Available in a number of configurations, – un-populated (just add drives), 48TB, 64TB, 96TB, or 128TB RAW capacities – the RX1600RAID includes a Sonnet PCIe SAS RAID Controller Card and necessary cables for connectivity to your workstation or server. A complete storage solution. The RX1600 Expansion can be purchased in the same capacity configurations and includes the cables required to daisy chain it off the main RAID unit with SAS expansion. Far from just ‘simple’ storage, Sonnet have integrated powerful enterprise class features including ATTO advanced technologies to smooth, accelerate and protect your data, including ADS™ (Advanced Data Streaming) and DriveAssure™ Technology. Fusion storage delivers incredible performance and is backed by Sonnet Technologies 5 year warranty, promising rock solid engineering reliability.
Fusion DX800RAID and DX800RAID Expansion
An 8 Bay desktop tower configuration based on the same technology as the RX1600 rack mount RAID and expansion system. Similarly available un-populated with drives or in configuration with 24TB, 32TB, 48TB, or 64TB of RAW capacity. The Fusion DX800 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 4 (DVRAID), 5, 6 and 10 to protect from hard drive failure. ATTO DriveAssure™ and Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) also serve to maintain smooth, reliable performance, even in the case of drive failure. DX800RAID and its expansion system connect to the host, and to each other, via Serial-Attached-SCSI (SAS).
Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro Plus
Add high speed, AHCI compliant, boot and RAID capable SSD storage to a PCIe slot in your Mac or PC. Alternatively, install it into one of the slots in your Echo Express Thunderbolt expansion system. Both the Tempo SSD and the Tempo SSD Pro Plus will accommodate one or two standard 6 Gb/s SATA 2.5″ SSD’s – the Tempo SSD via a simple, included extension plate. In addition, the Tempo SSD Pro Plus adds 2 eSATA ports for further storage expansion.
About Sonnet Technologies…
Sonnet Technologies partners closely with Apple® and Intel® to develop certified Thunderbolt technology that provides high speed interfaces, professional storage solutions, docks, media readers, Mac enclosures and PCIe expansion systems.
It is undeniable that some manufacturers (Apple) have allowed mass consumer markets to drive the design of their professional tools. The result has been products that deliver on aesthetic and performance, but do not deliver on flexibility and the physical practicalities of business environments. Dangling cables, external power supplies, desktop configurations… None are conducive to server racks and while the systems themselves look pretty, the boxes, cables and adaptors strewn across your desk are not. It is also incredibly insecure, particularly in environments such as schools, where equipment often goes missing, or environments where data security is critical.
Sonnet rack enclosures, PCIe expansion, storage arrays and media adaptors work seamlessly with each other and with your Mac Mini or Mac Pro to remove the clutter and enable you to use the highest performance hardware tools rather than compromising on the ones Apple gives you a connector for.
Not limited to Mac, they also provide flexible interface expansion and powerful connectivity options for PC workstations and laptops that enable integration with high performance Thunderbolt and network storage.
I am always looking to connect with creative industry professionals who share my passion for the technologies and processes of media creation. If you are keen for a coffee and a chat about what you are seeing going on around you – some new technology or policy; its impact and implications – please feel free to reach out and connect.