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Sonnet Intros Echo Express SE PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 8:13 PM EST
Posted by: Staff

Sonnet today announced the Echo Express SE, the newest member of the company's Echo family of Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards. This new entry-level model enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCIe adapter cards, originally designed for use in desktop computers, with any computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port. It also features an aluminum case and dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining other devices.

The Echo Express SE was designed for users needing a simple way to connect an adapter card to their computers, and it supports the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 2.4 pounds and measuring only 5.7 inches wide by 8.8 inches long by 2.9 inches tall, the SE is lighter and more compact than its siblings, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the card. The new chassis supports a single half-length (up to 6.5 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 card and ships with an external 60W power supply. Like the other Echo Express expansion chassis, the SE has dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices and features a temperature-controlled fan to help keep hot-running cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper. The SE also conserves energy by powering on and off with the computer to which it's attached.

The Echo Express SE enables iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port to use Thunderbolt-compatible professional video capture, audio interface, SAS and SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller cards. The list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet's website and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the SE was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

The Echo Express SE is available now and priced at $399.95. More information on compatible PCIe cards can be found here.

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