updated 01:25 am EDT, Fri July 15, 2011
Sonnet describes new gear at show, Sept. 8-13
Sonnet Technologies is announcing plans to preview a set of upcoming Thunderbolt-based storage products at IBC2011. The broadcast media tradeshow is in Amsterdam, September 8-13. On display, located at Sonnet's stand 7.G03, will be the Fusion D800TBR5 8-drive RAID 5 storage unit. Also at the show will be the Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis, which allows users to plug in high-performance PCI Express 2.0 adapter cards to any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.
The Fusion D800TBR5 connects over Thunderbolt with data transfers up to 800MB per second read speeds and 730MB per second write performance, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. It will ship in 8TB, 16TB, or 24TB models, with a large cache and latency management technology to manage high-speed data transfers like uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, multiple streams of ProRes 422 and uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD.
The Echo Express PCIe 2.0 expansion chassis will allow Thunderbolt-equipped Macs to add PCI adapters such as professional video capture cards, 8Gb Fibre Channel Cards, 10Gb Ethernet cards and RAID controller cards. The chassis is available in two flavors; a standard Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis, supporting one half-length, double-width, x16 PCIe 2.0 card, and an XL model supporting one full-length card.
The standard model uses a built-in 75W power supply, while the XL model has a 150W power supply and a supplemental 75W PCIe power connector. Each provides two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining.
Other gear at the show includes the new Fusion F2-SSD two-disk RAID storage drive, which combines two 2.5-inch 256MB SSDs in a side-by-side configuration in an aluminum enclosure. It will deliver 385 MB per second sustained read speeds over eSATA. A Fibre Channel disk tower, the Fusion RX1600 Vfibre, supports 4K video workflows and provides 16-port 8Gb Fibre Channel client connections plus a 10Gigabit Ethernet interface. It ships in 16TB, 32TB or 48TB and can be expanded up to 384TB. Also, the DIO pro CompactFlash/SDXC media reader will be on display. It has one slot each for CF and SD media and transfers data over USB 3.0.