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Compact Two-Slot Chassis Enables Users to Connect High-Performance PCIe® Cards to Thunderbolt™-Enabled Computers That Lack Expansion Slots
Sonnet  today announced the Echo™ Express II, the newest member of the  company's popular Echo family of Thunderbolt™ expansion chassis for PCIe® cards. Featuring two PCIe slots, the new Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion  chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI  Express® cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port.
The Echo Express II was designed for users  needing a compact solution to connect two PCIe cards to their  computers, and supports the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe  cards. Based on the original Echo Express expansion chassis, the Echo Express II adds a second slot to support two half-length (up to  7.25 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x16 cards. Like  its siblings, the Echo Express II expansion chassis has dual Thunderbolt  ports to support daisy-chaining of devices.
The new Echo chassis includes three  temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans for cooling the cards and  the chassis' components, and a universal 100W internal power supply.  This Sonnet solution also conserves energy by powering on and off with the computer to which it is attached.
The Echo Express II enables iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air, and MacBook Pro computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port to use  Thunderbolt-compatible professional video capture, audio interface, SAS  and SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller  cards. The list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet's website and is continually expanding as more cards are  tested and certified. Like the other models in the Echo family, the Echo  Express II was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.  The system is backed with Sonnet's Pro five-year warranty.
"Feedback from our customers on the Echo  Express line has been overwhelmingly positive. These products have been  integrated into the workflows of many creative professionals, with users  discovering new applications every day," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Similar to the Echo  Express Pro, the Echo Express II was designed to accommodate the needs  of users requiring two slots for expansion cards, but not the extra  length afforded by the Echo Express Pro's longer design."
The Echo Express II (part number  ECHO-EXP2H) is now available for USD $699. More information on the  product and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpresschassis.html.
More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.
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