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  IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 11, 2019

Sonnet and Archiware Team to Offer Sneak Preview of Long-Distance Thunderbolt™ 3 Optical Cable at IBC2019

What’s New:
Sonnet Technologies (Stand 7.D41) and Archiware GmbH (Stand 7.D35) will team up at IBC2019 to demonstrate a Mac-based media asset management backup and archive system using Sonnet hardware and Archiware software. The twist? A Mac mini® computer with Archiware software running in Sonnet’s stand will be controlled from Archiware’s stand over 50 meters away of yet to be released Corning optical Thunderbolt™ 3 cable.

What They Do:
Available in lengths up to 50 meters, optical Thunderbolt 3 cables from Corning will provide users the ability to connect two Thunderbolt 3 devices together up to 25 times the maximum distance allowed using copper cables (2 meters), without loss of performance.

Housing the computer in Sonnet’s stand is the xMac™ mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition, a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe® card expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure that securely mounts a Mac mini inside, and enables the user to connect and harness the power of two full-height pro video capture, audio DSP, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or other high-performance PCIe cards. The computer will be running Archiware’s P5 software suite, with P5 Backup and P5 Archive. P5 Archive with its media asset management like features enables users to migrate offline and data to disk, LTO tape, or cloud storage. P5 Backup and 5 Synchronize offer Backup to disk tape and cloud and replication for failover. Archiware staff will control the system from their stand with a keyboard, mouse, and display connected to a Sonnet Echo™ 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock.

Why They're Important:
Optical Thunderbolt 3 cables will be ideal for use in situations requiring a computer to be segregated from other equipment without a loss in functionality or data-transfer speed. One example is when a computer and other peripherals must be remotely located in a secure equipment room, with the cable running out to a desktop with a Thunderbolt 3 dock that supports a display, mouse, keyboard, and other peripheral devices. Another example might be an audio production workflow that requires a particularly quiet operating environment. The longer optical Thunderbolt cable allows devices with fans to be located in another room and out of earshot.

How They're Unique:
Optical Thunderbolt 3 cables will be surprisingly thin, lightweight, and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cables.

When You Can Get Them:
This is a working preview of the Corning Optical Thunderbolt 3 Cables; they are expected to ship in the not-too-distant future.

Sonnet’s xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition (part number XMAC-MS-A-TB3) and Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock (part number ECHO-DK11-T3) are available now through Sonnet and select Sonnet resellers worldwide. More information on both products is available at, and information on where to buy them is available at

More information on Archiware P5 software and its pricing is available at
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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe® card expansion systems; external graphics (eGFX) solutions for pro users and gamers; pro media readers; docks and adapters; and network, storage, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, GPU cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For more than 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac®, Windows®, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at

About Archiware GmbH
Archiware GmbH is a privately held company with over 20 years of experience in data management software for backup, synchronization and archiving. Archiware’s software is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and the media and entertainment industry. More information is available at


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