Can turn Thunderbolt into many other port types
After originally announcing the product in August, Sonnet Technologies has finally made the Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter available for purchase. The device converts a Thunderbolt port into an ExpressCard slot, which in turn allows a wide variety of connector types to be available for Macs, from CompactFlash to Firewire to eSATA.
Allows use of ExpressCard devices on Macs
While the market for Thunderbolt peripherals is far from mature, the versatile new connector found on iMacs, Mac minis, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models can be easily adapted to host a number of existing peripherals, expanding its usefulness. Sonnet Technologies has announced its Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter, enabling the use of ExpressCard peripherals and devices with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. The adapter even enables other adapters via ExpressCard.
Uses 6GB per second, ideal for SSD drives
Sonnet Technologies is now offering its own brand of SATA Revision 3.0 host controller cards, the Tempo PCIe 2.0 for desktop and the two-port Tempo ExpressCard/34 or single-port Tempo Edge ExpressCard/34 for notebook computers. All three are backward-compatible with 3GB per second SATA devices, but are designed to work with newer storage options that can support the SATA 6GB per second interface that Revision 3.0 offers.
E3 can read SxS and move ExpressCard/34 data
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Qio E3, (site not updated) a new 3-slot SxS reader that doubles as a three-slot expansion device for ExpressCard/34 adapters. The device expands the PCI bus outside the machine, with up 200MB/sec bandwidth to share across the three devices, either SxS memory cards or ExpressCard/34 units. The device allows adding FireWire, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or eSATA cards, among others, and supports dual usage, accessing both SxS cards and ExpressCard/34 cards at the same time.
Sonnet Gigabit adapters
Sonnet has released three new Gigabit networking products for both older and new Macs: Presto Gigabit Pro PCI network adapter card, the Presto Gigabit PCIe Pro PCI Express network adapter card, and the Presto Gigabit Ethernet Pro ExpressCard/34 network adapter card. These Sonnet Gigabit Ethernet cards expand or add Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in any compatible computer, and offer enhanced performance through support for link aggregation with onboard Ethernet ports, and jumbo packet data transfers. Sonnet says the Presto Gigabit Pro network adapter cards deliver enhanced networking support as well as offer gigabit speeds over common CAT-5 cabling; they also support 1000/100/10BaseT auto-negotiation and full/half duplex communication.
Sonnet 21-in-one reader
Sonnet today unveiled its new 21-in-one Multimedia Memory Card Reader and Writer ExpressCard/34 product, allowing users to read information from and write information to over 21 different media card types. The card, designed to sit flush with the edge of a MacBook Pro, the reader will take media from MP3 players, digital cameras and picture frames, cell phones and other devices that use Memory Sticks, MMC, SD, XD, among others. Sonnet is selling the device for $30, and requires a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later.