Sonnet Releases Combination USB 3.0/FireWire 800 Adapter

PCI express card supports storage, hubs, other devices
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IRVINE, CALIF. —Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Tango 3.0 PCIe, a combination USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe adapter card.

The Tango card provides simple way to add USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express expansion chassis. This adapter can run bus-powered devices, such as hard drives through each of its ports, and it is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 devices.

USB 3.0 has become a standard interface on Mac systems and most Windows PCs, as well as external storage devices. The Mac Pro tower never included native USB 3.0 ports, and many functional PCs were built with only USB 2.0 ports; therefore, users wanting to take advantage of the faster interface must rely on third-party expansion cards. The Sonnet adapter provides two external USB 3.0 ports and a 20-pin header for two internal USB 3.0 ports. The internal ports support panel-mount connector kits.

The Tango 3.0 PCIe provides Windows PC and Mac Pro users with a simple way to add three FireWire 800 ports to any compatible computer with an open PCIe slot.

“The Tango 3.0 PCIe adapter card gives users a simple way to add USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity to any compatible computer, and it is great for use in a multislot Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing for Sonnet Technologies. “The card’s multiple powered ports, plus support for hubs, enable users to connect numerous devices at the same time, and make it ideal for supporting bus-powered devices. Backward-compatibility with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 devices allows the Tango 3.0 PCIe to support devices such as keyboards, mice, thumb drives and legacy peripherals, too.”

The Tango 3.0 PCIe adapter card (part number FW8USB3-E) is now available and is compatible with OS X 10.8.4+, OS X Mavericks and Windows 7 and 8.