Use PCIe Cards on Your MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt Connected Echo Express
Posted on June 20, 2012 by eli courey
Sonnet Technologies released the Echo Express, a device that lets you connect high performance expansion cards to your Mac using high-speed Thunderbolt technology. Echo Express is currently available for $599, check out their website for more information.
Today’s ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power, power that many people thought would only be possible in full-size desktop computers. Smaller in size and portable, they’re very desirable. For professionals in the creative fields, this processing power alone is not enough. You need expansion slots to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for processing data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. The problem is, only desktop computers (which aren’t very portable) have slots, and currently available PCIe expansion for notebook computers has been very limited in performance—until now. If you’ve got a computer with Thunderbolt technology then the Echo™ Express and Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis for PCIe cards are exactly what you need.
Sonnet’s Echo Express and Echo Express Pro enable you to use high-performance PCI Express® adapter cards with any computer with a Thunderbolt port. Imagine using compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller cards with your iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air or MacBook Pro; these Sonnet products make it possible!