updated 03:54 pm EDT, Thu May 9, 2013
New model supplements dual PCI-E slot model
Sonnet today introduced a significant upgrade of its popular xMac mini Server, a Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac mini with a Thunderbolt port. The updated xMac mini Server now supports a double-width PCIe card's daughter card and includes BNC connector mounting holes on the enclosure's rear panel. In addition, the length of the xMac mini Server is now just 15.8 inches, optimizing it for a wider range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack bags.
The enhanced xMac mini Server is now able to accommodate a daughter card via a special mounting bracket included with the system, thereby saving the additional PCIe card space. Also, with the addition of two holes for mounting BNC connectors on the rear panel of the xMac mini Server, operators now have a convenient place to mount HD/SDI connectors for PCIe cards without having to use a bracket that blocks the use of a PCIe card slot. A quiet fan module is available as an upgrade option.
The Mac mini's Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI interfaces are extended to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit, and a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front. An xMac mini Server's second Thunderbolt port enables the daisy-chain connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals.
The enhanced XMAC-MS xMac mini Server is now available at a suggested retail price of $1,295. The XMAC-MS-2H xMac mini Server 2H remains available now also for $1,295. The xMac mini Server Quiet Fan Module (part number XMFAN-Q) sells for $80.