Sonnet launches first storage products with Thunderbolt connections

Sonnet Technologies has announced its first storage products featuring the superfast Thunderbolt connection. Developed by Intel® and first seen in Apple's new MacBook Pros, Thunderbolt technology supports high-speed data transfer and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Based on PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput per channel in both directions.

Sonnet's Fusion storage products that will be available with Thunderbolt portsy include a portable 2-drive SSD system, an economical 4-drive RAID 5 unit, and a professional 8-drive video edition RAID storage system. Sonnet's Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt ports enable users to plug in high-performance PCIe 2.0 adapters such as video capture cards, Fibre Channel cards, Sonnet RAID controllers, and more to a computer with a Thunderbolt port. All of these products include two Thunderbolt ports to support daisychaining of up to six devices to a single Thunderbolt port on the host computer.

Sonnet's Allegro FW800 Thunderbolt Adapter converts the Thunderbolt connector to a powered FireWire® 800 port. Sonnet's Presto Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter converts a Thunderbolt connector to a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The Fusion F2TBR 2-drive portable solid state drive (SSD) storage system with 2.5-inch SSDs mounted side-by-side in a tough aluminium shell slightly larger than two stacked CD cases. With its SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set, the Fusion F2TBR achieves data transfers up to 640 MB/s read and 430 MB/s write, says Sonnet. The Fusion F2TBR is aimed at video capture and editing on location.

The Fusion E400TBR5 4-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system includes a high-performance internal RAID controller that supports RAID 5 for great performance and file protection in case of a single drive failure, RAID 0 for maximum performance, and JBOD for maximum flexibility. Drive configuration is managed through a simple-to-use application. Available in 4, 6, 8, or 12TB configurations, this compact multi-drive system takes advantage of the bandwidth available through the Thunderbolt interface connection to deliver I/O performance of up to 400 MB/s read and 340 MB/s write.

The Fusion D800TBR5 8-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system featuring Thunderbolt technology includes a high-performance internal RAID controller that supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD. Drive configuration is managed through a simple-to-use application. Available in 8, 12, 16, or 24TB configurations, Fusion D800TBR5 is aimed at high-definition video editing, achieving data transfers up to 800 MB/s read and 730 MB/s write, fast enough to handle a single stream of uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, or multiple streams of ProRes 422, uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD, DV, HDV, and DVCPRO video. Fusion D800TBR5 is backed by Sonnet's five-year pro storage warranty.

Sonnet's line of products featuring Thunderbolt technology will be available beginning this summer. Pricing will be announced at a later date, says the company.

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