Sonnet Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2 Edition (Low-Profile)
Use a Low-Profile PCIe Card with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots with the Sonnet Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2 Edition
- Use PCIe Expansion Cards with Computers Lacking Slots—Use high-performance PCIe cards with any Mac or Windows PC 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
- Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade —Upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 with a replacement Thunderbolt 3 interface card
- Small and Light—Most compact Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system available, designed to fit the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller interface cards
- One PCIe Slot—Supports low-profile card
- Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports—Supports daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices
- Remarkably Quiet—Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fan automatically and quietly cools the card
- Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer
- Rugged Aluminium Housing—Provides robust and secure protection for any environment
- Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections
Use a Low-Profile PCIe Card with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots
Today’s ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers have tremendous processing power—power once found in only full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they’re very desirable, but lack internal expansion capabilities. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough; PCIe expansion slots are necessary to install speciality high bandwidth NIC cards, or HBAs and RAID controller cards for high-performance storage.
Leveraging the power of Thunderbolt technology, Sonnet’s compact and easily transportable Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System enables the connection of one low-profile professional 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS/SATA host bus adaptor or RAID controller PCIe card to any Mac® or Windows® PC(1) with a Thunderbolt port.
20 Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface
The Echo Express SEL features 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 which provides ample bandwidth for many of the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While the SEL delivers maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports, it is also fully compatible with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt, supporting most cards at full-performance.
Now Available—Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card, and Thunderbolt 3 Edition
If you already purchased an Echo Express SEL, and have been waiting to upgrade it to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3, your wait is over—the Thunderbolt 3 upgrade card for Echo Express SEL is now available! Installing the upgrade is as simple as switching a PCIe card in the chassis. If you’re in the market for a Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion system, the Echo Express SEL – Thunderbolt 3 Edition is also available.
Full Performance in a Small and Light Package
The Echo Express SEL is small, light, and perfect for use in situations where only a single low-profile PCIe card is needed. Measuring a scant 4 inches wide by 8.4 inches long by 2.8 inches tall, the SEL was designed specifically to house one low-profile PCIe card. Many of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller cards are a perfect fit, and even the BlueFish444 Epoch 4K Neutron video card can be accommodated. The SEL’s small size doesn’t limit its performance; installed in this system, a card will perform the same as when installed in an Echo Express SE I, Echo Express SE II, Echo Express III-D, or Echo Express III-R. And like the other Echo Express models, the SEL includes two Thunderbolt ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices from a single port on your computer
Smart Design Inside and Out
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminium, the outer shell of the Echo Express SEL securely protects the installed PCIe card. The card is protected inside, too. Instead of using a fixed speed fan that may not reliably cool a hot-running card, or a fan with a switch that leaves it up to you to guess the correct speed, the SEL employs a variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan to ensure the card and system’s components remain reliably cool. The SEL’s fan automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the installed card when it’s hot, and slows down when it’s cool. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the system, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.
Designed for Low-Profile PCIe Cards
The Echo Express SEL accommodates one half-length (up to 6.6 inches long), low-profile, single-width PCIe card. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognised over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.
The Echo Express SEL was designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times, even during peak operation.
Strong Link in the Chain
This Sonnet solution supports daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express chassis, the Apple® Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok™ Included
Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the Echo Express SEL to your computer, and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(4) to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged, possibly leading to loss of your work or data. Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from the Echo chassis, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.