Today'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.
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 desktop computers (which aren't very portable) have expansion slots, and currently available PCI Express® expansion for notebook computers has been very limited in performance—until now.
Sonnet's Echo Express Pro, Echo Express II, and Echo Express Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards make it possible to use full-size professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards with your iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air or MacBook Pro. A Sonnet Echo Express chassis allows you to expand outside the box.
• Adds Expansion Card Slots to Any Computer with a Thunderbolt Port—Echo Express supports two half-length (up to 7"), full-height, double-width, x16(1) PCIe 2.0 card.
• High Bandwidth—With Thunderbolt’s PCI Express performance and 10Gb/s of throughput on each of the two channels in both directions, Echo Express is perfect for special-purpose PCIe cards for video capture, audio interface, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, digital audio, RAID control, and more.
• Power for Powerful Cards—Integrated 100W power supply.
• Variable Speed Fans—Operate slow and quiet with cooler cards, better cooling for hot cards.
• Two Thunderbolt Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer.
• Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer.
• Integrated Universal Power Supply—Built-in power supply means no external power brick to dangle or loose.
• Rugged Aluminum Housing—Portable protection for any environment.
Sonnet’s Echo Express Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis enables you to connect one or two high-performance PCIe 2.0 cards (sold separately) to any computer with a Thunderbolt port. Imagine using full-size professional video capture, audio interface, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller cards with your iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air or MacBook Pro computer.
Echo Express includes two x16(1) PCIe 2.0 slot and supports two half-length, double-width cards, or single width card with separate I/O bracket. The chassis includes a built-in 100W power supply and three variable speed fans to quietly keep cards cool, only speeding up as needed to cool the hottest cards. Two Thunderbolt ports support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single port on your computer.
For complete Mac compatibility list, visit product's webpage.
Note: PCIe adapter cards not included. Chassis requires a Thunderbolt cable, available at the Apple Store.
(1) The PCIe slot will physically accommodate up to a x16 PCIe card, however the actual electrical bandwidth of Thunderbolt is x4.