Sonnet Qio CF4 High-Speed CompactFlash Card Reader with Thunderbolt Interface Kit

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About Sonnet CF4

The Sonnet Qio CF4 High-Speed CompactFlash Card Reader is configured with four CompactFlash memory card slots and a fast PCIe 2.0 interface. It can read data from four cards simultaneously at maximum aggregate speeds of 400MB/s. The card reader also has two 6Gb/s eSATA ports. It comes with a Thunderbolt interface adapter and cable for connection and 5Gb/s data transfer to a computer. The supplied external PCIe x4 to x1 interface cable connects the CF4 card reader to the adapter and the Thunderbolt cable connects the adapter to your computer.

Included is a universal AC power supply with wall plugs for use in the US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia. Alternatively, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio CF4. The card reader also supports the connection of an optional Sonnet Fusion F2QR 2-drive SATA hardware RAID storage system. The Qio CF4 is constructed from aluminum and has a slot for Kensington and similar anti-theft locks. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and includes flash-ROM that is upgradeable to the latest firmware version. The card reader is hot-pluggable when used with a MacBook Pro, or when used with any computer in conjunction with optional Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt Expansion products.

Sonnet CF4 Features

  • Four Slots-Enables you to insert and ingest files from four cards at the same time
  • Fast Interface-Delivers superior performance using PCI Express 2.0 bus interface; available aggregate bandwidth of up to 400 MB/sec.
  • Choice of Interface-Qio CF4 package includes your choice of interface; PCI Express 2.0 card for desktops, ExpressCard/34 for notebooks, or Thunderbolt for any Mac with a Thunderbolt port
  • Fast Aggregate Ingest Speed (four cards concurrently)-PCIe or Thunderbolt interface: 400MB/s; ExpressCard/34: 200MB/s
  • Mac and Windows Compatible-Qio CF4 supports your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
  • Built-in SATA Connections-Connect media readers with an eSATA interface
  • Small and Rugged-Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9" x 6.2" x 1"
  • Security-Slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft

Sonnet CF4 Specifications

External Connectors
Four CompactFlash (CF)
Two 6Gb/s eSATA
External PCIe 2.0 x1 18-pin
Two 12V power
Host Connectors
Bus Interface
PCI Express 2.0 x1
Supported Media
Type I CompactFlash
External Media Readers Supported
Two with eSATA interface, such as RED STATION REDMAG 1.8" or 2.5"
Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Hot Plug Qio CF4
Supported in MacBook Pro and any computer through Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt Expansion products
12V at 3A input
12V at 0.5A output to support Sonnet Fusion F2QR
Absolute Maximum Input Voltage
RoHS Compliant
Mac Compatibility
OS X Version 10.6.8-10.8.4
Mac with a Thunderbolt port
Windows Compatibility
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008
Dimensions (W x D x H)
5.9 x 6.2 x 1" (14.9 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm)
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