Sonnet Technologies, a provider of storage systems and media readers for the film, video and broadcast industries, unveiled the Qio CF4 professional media reader which offers a high-speed, cost-effective alternative to conventional card readers for videographers, studios and photographers the company says.
The CF4 is a four-slot, “compact flash” (CF) memory card reader available with support for concurrent file ingest from all four slots, and an integrated two-port six gigabyte eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems, Sonnet says.
With Sonnet’s Qio CF4, users can transfer data concurrently from four CF memory cards used by professional high definition camcorders from RED and Canon, as well as digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras from Canon and Nikon, thereby increasing efficiency by reducing ingest times, according to the company. The Qio CF4’s fastperipheral component interconnect express 2.0 (PCIe) interface delivers an aggregate ingest speed of up to 400megabytes per secondwith four CF cards, enabling users to copy files rapidly among cards, attached storage and computers.
The Qio CF4 is compatible with Sonnet’s “Thunderbolt” technology and performs at maximum speed when connected with Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter, xMac mini Server, Echo Express, or Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, the company says.
Two e-serial advanced technology attachment (eSATA) connectors on the back of the Qio CF4 enable the user to connect two Sonnet “Fusion F2QR,” or F3, portable two-drive hardware “RAID” SATA storage systems or other SATA storage, according to Sonnet. Those fast SATA connections accelerate card ingest when an eSATA interface is not otherwise available on a computer, the firm says.
“The Qio CF4 is ideal for our customers who don’t need the variety of slots included in the original Qio, but instead require multiple CF slots in their workflow,” said Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet Technologies’ CEO. “Studios that use RED ONE, RED EPIC, and Canon and Nikon pro digital cameras will find that the CF4 delivers incredibly fast ingest speeds for increased efficiency,” he said.