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Although thin Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® computers with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports offer processing power to spare, for many users (such as pros in the creative fields) onboard processing power alone is not enough. Sonnet’s Echo™ Express SE IIIe is a compact, desktop Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect three professional PCIe cards at the same time to any computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
This compact desktop expansion system supports three professional PCIe cards (video capture; audio DSP; 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter; 10Gb, 25Gb, or40Gb Ethernet; or RAID controller; etc.) and connects them to your computer through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.
Smaller than the 3-slot Echo Express III-D (Thunderbolt 3 Edition), the Echo Express SE IIIe is still large enough to support nearly every Thunderbolt 3 compatible card available. With its three x8 slots, the SE IIIe supports PCIe 3.0, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 1.1 cards up to 7.75 inches long. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? Sonnet have put together a list in their supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart (PDF). There you’ll find cards identified as conforming to Thunderbolt technology requirements, and organized by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion system.
The inside of the Echo Express SE IIIe is wrapped in a rugged, yet lightweight aluminum outer shell, resulting in a lightweight system small enough to carry in your backpack, yet durable enough to protect the installed PCIe cards securely. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the chassis, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.
Echo Express SE IIIe’s PCIe 3.0 x8 slots support three half-length+, full-height, single-width PCIe cards, or one single-width card plus one double-width card.
Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e 50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card.
Echo Express SE IIIe includes an auxiliary PCIe power connector, enabling you to install a card requiring extra power, such as the AJA® Kona® 5 or Blackmagic DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, and Bluefish444’s Epoch and KRONOS SDI cards.
The Echo Express SE IIIe is designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. Its enclosure is ventilated front and back to facilitate airflow over the cards bya large, quiet, temperature-controlled fan to efficiently cool the system. The fan automatically speeds up and slows down smoothly as needed—there’s no guesswork in deciding which fan speed to select.
Sonnet includes a 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable that, unlike some other cables, transfers data at Thunderbolt 3’s full 2750 MB/s bandwidth, and supports up to 100W of Power Delivery (PD). Sonnet also provides a ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(1) that prevents accidental cable disconnections—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Echo Express SE IIIe features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, which offers double the PCIe bandwidth and connectivity of Thunderbolt 2, and yields up to 2750 MB/s of bandwidth, enabling it to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, and 16Gb FC cards and dual-port 10GbE cards at full performance.(2)(3)
Echo Express SE IIIe includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports; the first connects it to your computer, while the second supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices to a single port on your computer. The SE III also includes 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter. For connected peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to connected bus-powered devices. With the ability to handle multiple demanding, high performance PCIe cards, support for connecting two 4K displays @ 60Hz or one 5K display @ 60Hz(4), and support for a vast array of Thunderbolt(5) and USB(6) devices, Thunderbolt 3 is a leap forward in every way.
|THUNDERBOLT 3 PRODUCTS||SKU||Big Sur Intel Macs||Big Sur M1 Macs|
|Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock||SON-ECHO-DK11-TB3||√||√ (M1 Macs support only one monitor in TB Docks)|
|Solo5G USB 3 to 5GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter||SON-SOLO5G-USB3||√ (Update driver to version 1.4.12)||X Marvell driver update TBD|
|Solo10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter||SON-SOLO10G-TB3||√||√|
|Solo10G Thunderbolt 3 to SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (SFP+ included)||SON-SOLO10G-SFP-TB3||√||√|
|Twin10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition - Dual Port 10GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter||SON-SOLO10G-SFP-TB3||√||Sonnet X550 driver update coming Q1 2021|
|Twin10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition - Dual Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter||SON-TWIN10GCSFP-TB3||√||Sonnet 82599 driver update coming Q1 2021|
|Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 3 One-Slot Low-Profile PCIe Card Expansion System||SON-ECHOEXPSE1-TB3||√||√ (PCIe card must have M1 compatible driver)|
|Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 One-Slot PCIe Card Expansion System||SON-ECHOEXPSEL-TB3||√||√ (PCIe card must have M1 compatible driver)|
|Echo Express SE IIIe Thunderbolt 3 Three-Slot PCIe Card Expansion System||SON-ECHOEXPSE3-E-TB3||√||√ (PCIe cards must have M1 compatible drivers)|
|Echo III Desktop Thunderbolt 3 Three-Slot PCIe Card Expansion System||SON-ECHO3D-TB3||√||√ (PCIe cards must have M1 compatible drivers)|
|Echo III Rackmount Thunderbolt 3 Three-Slot PCIe Card Expansion System||SON-ECHO3R-TB3||√||√ (PCIe cards must have M1 compatible drivers)|
|2018 xMac mini Server with one full-length and one half-length slot Thunderbolt 3 Edition||SON-XMACMSA-TB3||√||√ (PCIe cards must have M1 compatible drivers)|
|eGFX Breakaway Box 550||SON-GPU550W-TB3||√||X (M1 Macs do not currently support eGPUs)|
|eGPU Breakaway Box 750||SON-GPU-750W-TB3||√||X (M1 Macs do not currently support eGPUs)|
|eGPU Breakaway Box 750ex||SON-GPU-750WEX-TB3||√||X (M1 Macs do not currently support eGPUs)|
|eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5500XT||SON-GPURX5500XT-TB3||√||X (M1 Macs do not support Dual Display TB Adapters)|
|eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5700||SON-GPURX5700-TB3||√||X (M1 Macs do not support Dual Display TB Adapters)|
|Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter - Supports two 4K Displays||SON-TB3DDP4K||√||X (M1 Macs do not support Dual Display TB Adapters)|
|Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI Adapter - Supports two 4K Displays||SON-TB3DHDMI||√||X (M1 Macs do not support Dual Display TB Adapters)|
|PROFESSIONAL MEDIA READERS||SKU||Big Sur Intel Macs||Big Sur M1 Macs|
|SF3 Series - CFexpress/XQD Thunderbolt 3 Pro Card Reader||SON-SF3-2CFEX||√||√ CFExpress | X Sony XQD driver update TBD|
|SF3 Series - CFast 2.0 Thunderbolt 3 Pro Card Reader||SON-SF32CFST||√||√|
|SF3 Series - RED Mini-Mag Thunderbolt 3 Pro Card Reader||SON-SF3-2RMM||√||√|
|SF3 Series - SxS Thunderbolt 3 Pro Card Reader||SON-SF32SXS||√||X Sony SxS driver update TBD|
|Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader - Thunderbolt 2||SON-TBP2||Sonnet P2 driver update coming Q1 2021||Sonnet P2 driver update coming Q1 2021|
|Echo ExpressCard Pro SxS Media Reader - Thunderbolt 2||SON-ECHOPROE34||√||X Sony SxS driver update TBD|
|SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot or SF3 Series SxS Reader||SON-SDSXS-E34||√||√|
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Compact Three-Slot Expansion Chassis Enables Connection of up to Three High-Performance PCIe® Cards With 2750 MB/s of Bandwidth via Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of the Echo™ Express SE III, the newest member of the company's award-winning Echo Express family of Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion systems. With full support for Thunderbolt 3, the Echo Express SE III is a compact desktop device that enables the use of up to three high-performance PCIe cards with Mac® computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports.