- Technical Specifications
SxS to the Power of Three
Sony’s popular XDCAM EX™ and Arri Alexa professional HD camcorders use high-performance SxS memory cards, which share the same interface and shape as ExpressCard®/34 adapter cards. This shared form factor and connector make ingesting footage from your SxS media a simple task in ExpressCard slot-equipped notebook computers—insert the card and go. If your computer doesn't have an ExpressCard slot, you could just plug in the camera or a specialized USB 2.0 SxS reader, grab a cup of coffee and relax while all those gigabytes of data are transferred at around 30 MB/s. But what if you need faster transfers? Or want to ingest files from more than one card at a time? Sonnet's Qio E3 is the answer to all of these questions.
This Sonnet pro media reader distills the feature set of the award-winning original Qio universal media reader and is designed specifically for use with SxS media cards. Providing a cost-effective, high-speed multi-slot alternative to stand-alone card readers for videographers and studios alike, Qio E3's three SxS slots enable you to ingest files faster and more efficiently, with aggregate ingest speed up to 300 MB/sec., much faster than USB 2.0 adapters are capable.
Choice of Interface
Qio E3 is available with your choice of a PCIe interface card for desktops, an ExpressCard/34 interface for notebooks, or a Thunderbolt interface adapter (with included Thunderbolt cable) for any Mac with a Thunderbolt™ port. With the purchase of an additional Qio E3 PCIe adapter card, ExpressCard/34 card, or Thunderbolt adapter, you can move your Qio E3 from suite to suite, and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio E3 will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.
Mac and Windows® Compatible
Sonnet's Qio E3 offers cross-platform compatibility, extending its usefulness on location and in the studio. Whether you're using a MacBook Pro®, HP Z800 or Mac Pro®, or any Mac with a Thunderbolt port, the Qio fits seamlessly into your workflow.
SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 2.0 SATA Host Controller Inside
Qio E3 includes two 6 Gb/s eSATA ports, perfect for connecting media readers with an eSATA interface, such as the RED STATION REDMAG 1.8" and 2.5".
Travel and Desktop Companion
This Sonnet pro media reader is small—about the size of three stacked CD cases—and takes up so little space, you can use it just about anywhere. It's rugged, too—the robust aluminum case easily withstands heavy use. For desktop use, a universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia use is included. For battery-powered operation, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio E3. This pro media reader even incorporates a Kensington® slot for to secure the device and deter theft.
Media cards shown in photos for illustration purposes; not included
Versatile Support—Support for Sony® SxS, and PCIe-based ExpressCard/34 cards
Fast—Uses PCI Express® 2.0 bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate available bandwidth of 400 MB/sec.
Choice of Interface—Qio E3 package includes your choice of interface: PCI Express 2.0 card for desktops, ExpressCard/34 for notebooks, or Thunderbolt for any Mac with a Thunderbolt port
SxS Aggregate Media Ingest Speed (3 cards concurrently)—PCIe ExpressCard Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-Connected): 300MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-connected): 200MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface to Qio-connected SATA drives: 100MB/s
Mac and Windows Compatible—Qio E3 supports your workflow, regardless the platform you've chosen
Built-in SATA Connections—Connect external media readers with an eSATA interface
Small and Rugged—Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9" x 6.2" x 1"
Security—Slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft
Built for the Pro. WWhether shooting out on location with your notebook, or editing footage in the studio on your iMac®, Mac mini, or Mac Pro, Qio E3 conveniently connects to your system via an ExpressCard/34 or PCIe 2.0 interface card, or Thunderbolt interface kit, so your projects are always at hand.
OS X® Version 10.6.8-10.8.3
MacBook Pro with ExpressCard/34 slot
Any Mac with Thunderbolt port
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008
For up-to-date PC compatibility see our Qio Family PC Compatibility Chart
Simultaneous Ingest Aggregate Speed