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Sonnet Echo Express III-D - Desktop 3 Slot Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis for PCIe cards (ECHO-EXP3FD)

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Sonnet's Echo Express III enables you to connect three compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, and other special-purpose cards to your iMac, Mac mini, new Mac Pro®, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt port.
  • MacMall Part #: 9624531 
  • Manufacturer Part #: ECHO-EXP3FD 
  • UPC: 732311009983 
  • Platform: Macintosh 


Echo Express III-D
Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards

Sonnet's Echo Express III enables you to connect three compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, and other special-purpose cards to your iMac, Mac mini, new Mac Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt port. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, these Echo chassis squeeze every bit of performance out of the most demanding PCIe cards and ensure optimum performance with every compatible computer. The Echo Express III integrates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards that require supplementary power. Even with all that power, the III is enviro-friendly; it automatically powers on/off when the connected computer powers on/off or sleeps. The use of larger, slower-spinning fans in the Echo Express III makes it the quietest Echo chassis yet. Two Thunderbolt ports support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single port on your computer.

Desktop or Rackmount

The Echo Express III is available in two versions, the III-D (desktop) and III-R (rackmount), to suit your workflow needs. The III-D's form factor makes it easy to transport. The III-R mounts in a rack space 2U tall, and is just 16" deep, making it perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, rack cases, and server rooms as well. The III-R even saves space for other equipment - with the optional Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit, you can install one or two mobile rack devices in the III-R's rack enclosure.


Key Features:

  • Connect Professional PCIe Cards - Use high-performance PCIe card with Thunderbolt-equipped computers

  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface - Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with older Thunderbolt technology

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

  • Desktop or Rackmount - Available as desktop model or 2U rackmount model with space for optional mobile rack device mounting kit

  • Optional Mobile Rack Kit - Optional Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit supports installation of two single-height mobile rack peripherals or one double-height peripheral

  • Temperature-Controlled, Variable-Speed Fans - Large, temperature-controlled fans automatically operate slower and quieter with cooler cards, providing better cooling for hot cards

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

  • Rugged Aluminum or Steel Housing - Provides robust and secure protection for any environment

  • Fast Today, Faster In the Future - Thunderbolt 2 technology today, upgradeable to future versions of Thunderbolt




Fast Today, Faster In the Future

As you may have heard, Thunderbolt 2 is coming! Apple announced the first Thunderbolt 2 technology-equipped computer, the new Mac Pro, but it won't ship until Fall 2013. The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface has provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high bandwidth cards such as the RED ROCKET, 16Gb Fibre channel, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, or multiple bandwidth-hungry cards require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications.

When first announced, the Echo Express III-D and III-R were designed with 10Gbps Thunderbolt interfaces. Since Sonnet designed the III-D and III-R to be upgradeable, we jumped at the opportunity to upgrade the products' designs to feature Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. Echo Express III-D and III-R equipped with Thunderbolt 2 will be available when Thunderbolt 2 hosts, such as the new Mac Pro, ship in Fall 2013. Until then, Sonnet will ship these expansion chassis equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt, and will include a coupon for one free exchange for an easy-to-install upgrade to 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 (customer pays only shipping and handling costs). More information on the exchange program will be available when these chassis ship.


PCIe 2.0 Cards Over Thunderbolt 2

Thunderbolt LogoToday's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power - power that many people thought would only be possible in full-size desktop computers. Smaller in size and portable, they're very desirable. For professionals in the creative fields, this processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the upcoming Mac Pro, destined to be a processing powerhouse and packed with Thunderbolt and USB ports, but lacking PCIe expansion slots. You need expansion slots to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for processing data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. The problem is, only large desktop computers (which aren't very portable) have expansion slots, and older PCI Express expansion products for notebook computers have been very limited in performance - until now.

Sonnet's Echo Express III-D and III-R make it possible to use full-size professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards with your Thunderbolt port-equipped Mac. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, these Echo chassis squeeze every bit of performance possible through Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion out of the most demanding PCIe cards, and ensure optimum performance with every compatible computer.


Smart Design Inside and Out

Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express III-D securely protects the PCIe cards installed inside without weighing you down. The Echo Express III-R's heavy-duty steel enclosure not only provides secure mounting for the inner assembly, but it supports maximum airflow for cooling, regardless of where it is installed in a rack. The III-R saves space for other equipment, too - utilizing the optional Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit, you can install two 5.25-inch form factor mobile rack devices in the III-R's enclosure. Both the III-D and III-R include an internal 300W universal power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector and power harness cable to provide ample power for cards with high power requirements. Two large, remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans and airflow management ensure that hot-running cards and the chassis' components remain reliably cool without you have to install an extra blower in one of the three slots. Because the fans automatically speed up and slow down in steps as needed, there is no guesswork Echo Express III-D Airflowin setting a switch position, and no need for tools to change settings. Echo Express products are enviro-friendly, automatically powering on and off with your computer.



RED Rocket Supporter

If you're a RED Rocket user, you already know that the card normally takes up two PCIe slots - one for the card itself and another for the BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output). Sonnet designed the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R to make the card work in one slot without sacrificing any connections. These Echo chassis include mounting holes designed specifically for the installation of two BNC connectors, enabling you to install the RED Rocket card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the Echo chassis' mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open.

Technical Specs

General
Product Type System bus extender
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots 3 (total) / 3 (free) x PCI Express 2.0 - full-length, full-height
Interfaces 2 x Thunderbolt - Mini DisplayPort
Power
Power Device Power supply - internal
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Provided 300 Watt
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 5 years warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 5 years
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