DuoModo Echo III Module
3-slot Thunderbolt to PCIe Card Expansion Module
The DuoModo™ Echo™ III Module connects up to three PCIe cards to computers without card slots. The module supports three full-height, full-length Thunderbolt™-compatible non-GPU PCIe cards; provides 400W of power for the most demanding of PCIe cards, including qualification from Avid for Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards; features quiet, dual temperature-controlled Noctua fans rated at 17 dbA; and connects through super fast 40Gbps Thunderbolt interface.
View PDF of supported PCIe cards
Three Versatile PCIe Slots
- Supports Three Full-height, Full-length PCIe Cards
- One x16 Plus Two x8 PCIe 3.0 Slots
- Supports Every Thunderbolt-compatible non-GPU Card
- AVID QUALIFIED – Supports up to Three Avid Pro Tools | HDX PCIe Cards
- View PDF of Supported PCIe Cards
400W of Power
- Built-in 400W Power Supply with 75W Auxiliary Power Connector
- Supports Power-hungry, non-GPU Cards Including Avid HDX
- Powers On and Off Automatically with Connected Computer
- Dual Noctua Fans Offer Ultra-quiet Operation
- Temperature-controlled, Variable-speed
- Rated at 17 dbA
Thunderbolt 3 Interface
- Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
- 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface Offers 2750 MB/s of PCIe Bandwidth to the Installed Cards
- Compatible with Apple® M1 and Thunderbolt 4 Computers
- Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Cable Included
- ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer clip Included
CONNECT THREE FULL-LENGTH PCIE CARDS TO COMPUTERS WITH THUNDERBOLT 3 PORTS
For creative pros using the latest portable, mini desktop and all-in-one computers in their workflows, onboard processing power alone is not enough to get the job done. While these computers include high-performance Thunderbolt™ 3 ports to support peripherals, what they lack is PCIe expansion slots to install specialty cards that add needed video and audio inputs, transcode data, and connect to high-speed shared storage and networks. Sonnet has a solution—the Echo™ III Desktop—a professional Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect three (up to) full-length (12.28 inches long) PCIe cards at the same time, via a single cable.
THE THUNDERBOLT 3 LINK
Plugged into one of your computer’s Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Echo III Desktop system enables you to connect professional PCIe cards (three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card).
SUPPORTS EVERY THUNDERBOLT 3 COMPATIBLE, NON-GPU PCIE CARD
Echo III Desktop supports every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU PCIe 1.1/2.0/3.0 card available including video capture and transcoding; audio DSP; 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter; 10Gb, 25Gb or Ethernet; SSD storage; and other specialty types to your system.
Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve put together a compatibility list that identifies cards conforming to Thunderbolt technology requirements, and organized by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion systems.
AVID PRO TOOLS QUALIFIED
READY FOR UP TO THREE PRO TOOLS | HDX PCIE CARDS – NO EXTRA PARTS REQUIRED
At the flick of a switch, the Avid qualified Echo III Desktop system is instantly optimized to support up to three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards, with no extra parts necessary! This chassis has been tested and is qualified by Avid Audio group for use with Avid Pro Tools HD 2020 software, and Avid Pro Tools HDX and HD Native systems.
THREE PCIE 3.0 SLOTS AND POWER TO SPARE
The Echo III Desktop features one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots(1), enabling it to support a wide variety of cards at the same time. To support really power-hungry cards, it integrates a universal 400W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for non-GPU cards that require extra power, including the Avid Pro Tools | HDX. Designed without a power switch, the Echo III powers on and off automatically with the connected computer, saving energy in the long run. With no power switch, you can’t forget to turn off the system!
DUAL FANS. ULTRA-QUIET OPERATION.
Featuring dual Noctua fans, the Echo III Desktop is designed to deliver ultra-quiet operation so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. Rated at 17.1dBA—below the 20dBA ceiling prescribed for use in recording and broadcast studios—the fans spread the spectrum of their noise to minimize the impact at any single frequency. To further ensure negligible noise levels, the fans are temperature-controlled, automatically speeding up and slowing down smoothly as needed, and the enclosure is engineered to optimize airflow over the installed cards to effectively and efficiently cool the system.
INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA CHARGE
SONNET THUNDERBOLT 3 CABLE & THUNDERLOK 3
Sonnet includes a 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable that transfers data at Thunderbolt 3’s full 2750 MB/s PCIe bandwidth. In addition, Sonnet provides a ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(2) that prevents accidental cable disconnections—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Sonnet Thunderbolt expansion systems are designed with Thunderbolt ports that include a threaded mounting holes for securing Sonnet's ThunderLok retainer clips that prevent accidental cable disconnections.
FASTEST EXTERNAL INTERFACE AVAILABLE. THUNDERBOLT 3 – THE USB-C THAT DOES IT ALL
The Echo III Desktop features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C®) interface that delivers up to 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth(1), enabling it to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, multiple audio DSPs, and 25GbE and dual-port 10GbE network cards at full performance.(3)(4)
Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
One port is reserved for the connection to your computer; the second port enables expansion of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices(5) in a daisy chain.
10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support
10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 support allows you to connect a USB device(6) to the second port using the proper cable or adapter.
Supports One 5K or Two 4K Displays
Supports connecting up to two 4K @ 60Hz displays or one 5K @ 60Hz display.(7)
Provides 15W of Power
For connected peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to bus-powered devices.
BACKWARD COMPATIBLE WITH OLDER MACS
No Thunderbolt 3? No problem—the Echo III Desktop is also compatible with Macs with Thunderbolt 2 ports when used with the bi-directional Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt cable (both sold separately).
RACKMOUNT VERSION AVAILABLE
Choose between the Echo III Rackmount and Echo III Desktop to suit your workflow needs. The Echo III Rackmount mounts in a rack space 2U tall, and is only 16.5 inches deep, making it ideal for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, and in server rooms as well. The III Rackmount even saves space for optional future expansion.
- 3-slot desktop Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion system
Adds Connectivity & Capabilities
Connects up to three high-performance non-GPU PCIe cards via a Thunderbolt 3 cable to your computer lacking expansion slots.
Pro Tools | HDX Compatible(1)
HDX compatibility mode enables use of up to three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards with no additional parts needed.
Broad PCIe Card Compatibility
Every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU card supported regardless of length or height.
Three PCIe 3.0 Slots(1)
One x16 plus two x8 slots support three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card.
Integrated 400W power supply with 75W auxiliary power. Saves energy by powering on/off automatically with the computer.
Dual temperature-controlled, variable-speed Noctua fans rated at 17dBA automatically and quietly cool the cards.
40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface
Offers 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth for the installed cards(1).
Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
One port connects to computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices.
Rugged Aluminum Housing
Provides robust and secure protection.
- When set to HDX compatibility mode, PCIe slots operate in PCIe 2.0 mode and the chassis’ bandwidth is limited to 1750 MB/s.
- ThunderLok 3 compatible specifically with Sonnet 0.5- and 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables; Sonnet 1- and 2-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables require ThunderLok 3L.
- While the Echo III Desktop features a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, some computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 use an x2 PCIe lane implementation of Thunderbolt 3 technology that limits PCIe performance to 20Gbps.
- Full performance requires the use of the included Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable, or comparable Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cables; look for the Thunderbolt icon AND the number 3 on the connector housings to identify these cables.
- Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices on Macs used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, sold separately.
- Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gb) or Gen 2 (10Gb) devices when connected with proper cable or adapter (sold separately).
- Assuming that a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connection is established, all Thunderbolt 3 computers support one 4K monitor directly attached to the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 port, without affecting PCIe bandwidth to the device. Using two 4K monitors or a single 5K monitor attached to the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 port reduces available PCIe bandwidth to the device. Two 4K monitors requires either: 1) for Thunderbolt 3 Macs or for Windows Thunderbolt 3 PCs that support two monitors—a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter; or 2) for Windows Thunderbolt 3 PCs that support two monitors—a 4K monitor with multi-stream transport support (DP out).
- Power supply will operate as low as 90VAC, with linear power derating from 400W @ 115VAC to 320W @ 90VAC.
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