Sonnet Echo Express SE I – Thunderbolt 2 Edition

1-slot Thunderbolt 2 Desktop Expansion System for PCIe Cards

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  • Connect a PCIe Card
  • One PCIe 2.0 Slot + Space for Daughter Card
  • 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface
  • Small. Light. Full Performance.
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Remarkably Quiet
  • Energy Saver Mode
  • Rugged Aluminum Housing
  • Power for Peripherals
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Sonnet Echo Express SE I – Thunderbolt 2 Edition

1-slot Thunderbolt 2 Desktop Expansion System for PCIe Cards

Connect a Full-height, Half-length+ PCIe Card (Plus One Daughter Card) to Computers with Thunderbolt 2 Ports

Ultra-light notebooks, small form factor and all-in-one Mac®, Windows(1) and Linux® computers are slender, and frequently offer a lot of processing power, but thinness comes with a cost—there’s nowhere for you to install PCIe cards for the additional connectivity and processing capabilities beyond what’s offered by a computer’s standard ports. Sonnet’s Echo™ Express SE I is a compact, desktop Thunderbolt™ 2 to PCIe card expansion system that fixes that issue, enabling you to connect a single PCIe card to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Thunderbolt 2 Connectivity

This compact desktop expansion system supports one professional PCIe card (video capture, audio interface, 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter, 8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, or RAID controller) and connects it to your computer through a single Thunderbolt 2 cable.

Nearly Every Thunderbolt-Compatible, Non-GPU PCIe Card Supported

Designed to accommodate cards up to 7.75 inches long, and measuring a compact 5.6 inches wide by 8.6 inches long by 3.5 inches tall, the Echo Express SE I has a small footprint, yet it is large enough to support nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe 3.0, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 1.1 card available. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve put together a list in our 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.

All Around Smart Design
Aluminum Enclosure. Auto Power On/Off.

Echo Express SE I’s lightweight, yet rugged aluminum outer shell securely houses the installed PCIe card. 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.

One PCIe Slot and Space for a Daughter Card

‍Echo Express SE I features an x8 PCIe slot, and supports one half-length+, full-height, single- or double-width PCIe card. Double-width? Some pro video and audio interface cards, such as Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The daughter card occupies the adjacent space without filling a PCIe slot.

Quiet Please

Echo Express SE I is designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times, even during peak operation.

Included at No Extra Charge
Thunderbolt 2 Cable. ThunderLok.

Sonnet includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt 2 cable and a Sonnet ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(2) to prevent 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.

20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface

Echo Express SE I features 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 which provides ample bandwidth for many of the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While the SEL delivers maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports, it is also fully compatible with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt, supporting most cards at full-performance.

Thunderbolt 2 – Bandwidth. Performance. Versatility.

The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high bandwidth adapters such as 16Gb Fibre Channel cards, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, and other bandwidth-hungry cards require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications.


Specifications

Compatibility

Mac Compatibility

  • Mac with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port
  • Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port with an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (sold separately) plus a Thunderbolt 2 cable
  • OS X® 10.8.5+
  • macOS Catalina compatible

Windows Compatibility(1)

  • PC with a Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Windows® 10, 8, 7

Linux Compatibility

  • Linux computer with a Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Linux Kernel 5.0+

PCIe Card Compatibility

  • For a list of compatible PCIe cards, view the PDF of Sonnet’s PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

Hardware

Warranty

  • 2-year

Form Factor

  • Desktop expansion system

External Connectors

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • 12V power port

Expansion Slot

  • One x8 mechanical (x4 mechanical) PCIe 2.0 slot

PCIe Cards Supported

  • One half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), single-width, full-height x8 PCIe card
  • One daughter card

Power Adapter

  • Universal 60W, 100-240V, 50-60 Hz
  • NRTL Certified

Operating Temperature

  • 0ºC to 35ºC (32ºF to 95ºF)

Dimensions (WxDxH)

  • 5.63 x 8.63 x 3.5 in. (14.29 x 22.01 x 8.85 cm)

Weight

  • 2.6 lbs. (1.18 kg)

RoHS Compliant

  • Yes

Package Contents

  • Echo Express SE I
  • Universal power adapter
  • Power cord
  • 1-meter Thunderbolt 2 cable
  • ThunderLok Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip(2)
  • Documentation
  1. Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows. See Sonnet’s PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart (PDF) for details.
  2. ThunderLok compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables

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