01.25.2012 10:51 AM
Sonnet Shipping Qio E3 SxS Reader

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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Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 04-10-2012 12:15 AM Report Comment
I have been using the QIO reader since the end of April on a show. We are sonitohg Arri Alexa, capturing to 32gb SxS cards, at full 4:4:4, so I get about 14 minutes per card. I am using a MacPro Quad Core with 10gb of memory. I'm still trying to decide if I like this product. Early on I was using it in conjunction with Shotput Pro. I had many crashes and kernel panics and I could never determine if it was the QIO reader or Shotput Pro. I am using it with the PCI-X card and the serial cable in a slot in the computer. I have a 4 bay e-sata card for hooking up my drives.At some point, I swapped out the QIO reader. I still had kernel panics and crashes of ShotPro even with a couple of updated versions, so I switched to Alexa Data Manager. The crashes stopped but only one of the SxS slots works well. The other shows up on the desktop, then unmounts the card. Sometimes it comes and gos on the desktop. Can't seem to get an answer on that one. I have used the P2 card slots spareingly, but I use the CF slots every day for audio cards and Canon 5D cards. Those seem to work for the 5 times a day that I use them.I am thinking about buying another one for laptop use as I am building a new system this fall. There just doesnt seem to be anything else out there that has this versatility, so even with reservations, I am going to get one.

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