IBC2017 Preview: Thunderbolt Set To Hit Amsterdam

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The provider of the Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion systems and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries will showcase its new Thunderbolt 3 editions of its Echo Express SEL and Echo Express SE 1 expansion systems at IBC2017 in Amsterdam in mid-September.


Manufactured by Sonnet Technologies Inc., the SEL and SE I chassis harness Thunderbolt 3 to enable data transfers up to 2,750 MB/s for both Mac and Windows computers, supporting a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards. The single-slot SEL and SE I systems are considered ideal for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card.

With the new interface, both systems enable users of computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards, Sonnet says.

Also at IBC2017, Sonnet will demonstrate Thunderbolt 3 editions of its three-slot Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (2U rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems, as well as the all-new, compact three-slot Echo Express SE III desktop system.

In addition, Sonnet will showcase its Presto 10GbE SFP+ PCI Express 2.0 card and Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T PCIe 3.0 card. These 10GbE dual-port cards are cost-effective solutions for users to connect their computers to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard via optical or copper cabling, respectively. Both Presto cards work with Mac Pro towers, Windows PCs, Linux servers, and computers with Thunderbolt ports via Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems.


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