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Sonnet Introduces New 10G Thunderbolt Adapters

February 22, 2017

Sonnet Technologies sells adapters that help enable such activities as HD video editing with high-bandwidth shared storage systems. Now the company has expanded its portfolio with some new adapters that allow for easy connections between Mac and Windows computers, and high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems, via 10GbE over copper or fiber. These new offerings, the company says, are a match for various workflows and environments.

The Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter has two RJ45 ports. It lets users connect their computer to a switch or other 10GbE interface via CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cables.

A separate product, the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 adapter, features two SFP+ sockets. One is for short-range reach, of up to 300 meters, and uses Twinax direct-attach copper cables. The other is for long-range applications, at up to 10 kilometers, and leverages fiber optic cables.

(Thunderbolt, by the way, is a peripheral connection technology developed several years ago by Intel in partnership with Apple. It combines data, video, audio, and power in a single connection. It’s based on the PCI Express and DisplayPort architectures. And it allows for high-speed connectivity to such peripherals as hard drives, network interfaces, RAID arrays, and video-capture solutions.)

Both of the new Sonnet Technologies products have dual 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports supporting daisy chaining of up to five more Thunderbolt peripherals. Both feature Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers. And both can be configured through the macOS network control panel or Windows device manager.

Each of these new adapters from Sonnet Technologies is available now for $669

The transceivers, meanwhile, sell for $69 (for the short-range version) and $149 (for the long-range version).

In addition to selling the line of Thunderbolt card expansion systems, Sonnet Technologies offers pro media readers; RAID storage systems; and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, broadcast, and video industries.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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