Sonnet Unveils ‘Echo’ Expansion Chassis that Supports Avid Pro Cards

Expansion cards can be used with any computer that has a ‘Thunderbolt’ port
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Sonnet Technologies, a computer hardware upgrade company, says its Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards now supports Avid Pro Tools|HDX PCIe cards.
The Echo Express Pro enables the use of two full-size, high-performance PCI Express expansion cards with any computer that has a Thunderbolt port, including the latest Apple iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, Sonnet says.
A supplementary connector has been added to the Echo Express Pro to connect power cables between the chassis and PCIe cards that require additional power, including the Avid card. With the Thunderbolt technology-based product plus the purchase of a Sonnet-exclusive power cable kit that supports one or two Pro Tools|HDX PCIe cards, Mac users are no longer limited to a Mac Pro-based workflow in order to exploit the tremendous capabilities of Pro Tools|HDX2, Sonnet says.
Existing ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power, close to that found in full-size desktop computers such as the Mac Pro, Sonnet says.
Although their portability and compactness are highly desirable, those smaller computers lack expansion slots to install specialty cards, designed for use in desktop computers, to connect various audio and video inputs, but Sonnet’s Echo Express Pro solves that problem by connecting two PCIe expansion slots to any computer with a Thunderbolt port to enable the use of compatible PCI Express expansion cards, the company says.
“The Echo Express Pro has transformed the workflows of large numbers of working pros in the audio and video industries,” said Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet Technologies’ CEO. “With this Thunderbolt expansion chassis updated to support auxiliary power requirements, and the availability of our custom power cable kit for the Pro Tools|HDX PCIe card, Pro Tool users will gain the ability to travel light and work in places and ways never before possible.”