Sonnet Qio with Bus Extender PCIe Adapter for Desktop Computers, SxS Media Reader


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Sonnet Qio with Bus Extender PCIe Adapter for Desktop Computers, SxS Media Reader $299.00

About Sonnet

The Sonnet Qio SxS Media Reader with Bus Extender PCIe Adapter is designed for desktop computers. It is a multi-tasking marvel; this is the industry's first device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact, high-performance device. Qio reads from and writes to SxS memory card and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qio's CF slots enable you to ingest files more efficiently and the included SD card adapter handles SDHC and SDXC media. Qio reads files from any combination of cards with aggregate bandwidth up to 200 MB/sec., much faster than FireWire or USB 2.0 adapters are capable.

Mac users in the film and broadcast industries have come to depend on Qio for its broad media support and ease of use. Now Windows PC users can profit from the capabilities and advantages of this Sonnet professional media reader! Qio offers cross-platform compatibility, further extending its usefulness on location and in the studio. If you already own a Qio, you make it Windows-compatible with an upcoming firmware update.

Qio contains the heart and circuitry of the acclaimed Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P SATA controller card. Four eSATA connectors on the back of Qio enable you to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage systems to easily copy files between them. Qio's support of integrated hardware RAID controllers also enables you to connect four drive enclosures like Sonnet's Fusion D400QR5 to access up to 16 drives.

Qio is available with PCIe adapter card for desktops. With the purchase of an additional Qio PCIe interface card, you can move your Qio from suite to suite and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.

This Sonnet pro media reader is small about the size of three stacked CD cases and takes up so little space, you can use it just about anywhere. Sharing the same 15cm (5.9") by 16cm (6.2") footprint as Sonnet's Fusion F2 storage system, the case measures just 3cm (1.2") tall. It's rugged, too-the robust aluminum case withstands heavy use.

Sonnet Features

  • Fast-Uses PCI Express bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 200 MB/sec
  • Mac and Windows Compatible-Qio works with in your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
  • Built-in SATA Connections-Integrated, fast SATA host controller based on Tempo SATA E4P with four eSATA ports supports and powers two Fusion F2 SATA storage systems, or supports SATA drive enclosures with up to 16 drives total
  • Small and Rugged-Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9" x 6.2" x 1.22"
  • Security-Slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft

Sonnet Specifications

Mac Compatibility
Mac OS X Version 10.6.8+
Mac OS X Lion compatible
MacBook Pro(2) with ExpressCard/34 slot
Windows Compatibility
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008
PC Compatibility
Compatible Desktop Computers:
Dell Dimension 9100
Dell T5500
HP Z400
HP Z600
HP Z800
HP XW4200
HP XW8400
HP XW8600
Known Compatible Motherboards:
Asus P6T7, Sabertooth X58
SuperMicro X8DTH-6F, X8ST3-F, X8STE
Known Incompatible Computers and Motherboards:
Dell XPS400
SuperMicro X8DTH-6F
External Connectors (Qio Enclosure)
Two CardBus (P2)
Two ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
Four eSATA
External PCIe x1 - 18
Three power
External Connectors (Adapter Card)
External PCIe x1 - 18
Data Transfer Speed
Up to 200 MB/s aggregate
Bus Interface
PCI Express x1
Supported Media, CompactFlash Slots
Type I CompactFlash
Supported Media, CardBus Slots
P2, P2 E-series
Supported Media, ExpressCard/34 Slots
SxS; SxS Pro; SDXC using included adapter
Drives Supported
Up to 16
Drives Type Supported
Serial ATA
Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Hot Plug Qio
Supported in MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.6.8+
RoHS Compliant
12V@3A input
2 X 12V@ 0.5A output
Absolute Maximum Input Voltage
14V (Rev A, B, C)
20V (Rev D and later)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
5.9 x 6.2 x 1.2 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 3.0 cm)
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