Sonnet Shipping Qio E3 SxS Reader
January 25, 2012
IRVINE, CALIF.: Sonnet Technologies is shipping its
Qio E3 professional SxS media reader, which the company is marketing as a
cost-effective, high-speed alternative to stand-alone card readers for
videographers and studios alike. The E3, the first three-slot SxS memory card
reader available on the market, includes an integrated two-port 6 Gbps eSATA
interface for connecting external storage systems, and doubles as a bus
expansion system for ExpressCard/34 adapter cards.
Sonnet's Qio E3 allows users to transfer data
concurrently from three SxS memory cards for Sony XDCAM EX professional HD
camcorders, thereby dramatically increasing efficiency. Users can copy
files between any cards, attached storage, and the computer with aggregate
bandwidth of up to 400 Mbps, with an aggregate ingest speed for three SxS cards
of 300 Mbps. Designed both for in-studio and on-location use, the E3 features a
rugged, compact case with the same 15-centimeter by 16-centimeter (5.9-inch by
6.2-inch) footprint as the original Qio, but with a thinner profile.
Two eSATA connectors on
the back of Qio E3 enable the user to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2QR or F3
portable two-drive hardware RAID SATA storage systems, or other SATA storage.
These fast SATA connections accelerate card ingest when SATA is not otherwise
available on a laptop.
The Qio E3's slots also
support most PCI Express-based Sonnet professional ExpressCard/34 adapter cards
and most adapters from other manufacturers. Supported Sonnet cards range from
CompactFlash and SDXC UHS-I card readers to FireWire 800 adapters. The Qio E3
also supports ExpressCard adapters supplied with specialty devices such as the
AJA Io Express.
"The Qio E3 is ideal
for our customers who don't need the variety of slots included in the original
Qio, but instead require multiple SxS slots in their workflow," said
Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Studios that use Sony
XDCAM EX or ARRI ALEXA digital cameras will find that the E3 provides
incredibly fast ingest speeds for increased efficiency."
Compatible with Mac OS X
v10.6.8+ (including Lion), Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and Server 2008, the Qio
E3 is now available at a suggested retail price of $599 with either an internal
PCIe 2.0 interface card or an ExpressCard/34 interface card.
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