IBC is quickly approaching, and word of new products being introduced at the show is trickling in, including from Sonnet Technologies.
In Amsterdam, Sonnet will unveil its RackMac Pro rackmount solution for the new Mac Pro computer. The unit (pictured, above) supports the rackmount installation of one or two new Mac Pros. The RackMac Pro provides a front panel power switch and USB 3.0 port for each computer, while panel-mounted cables connect each Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and power ports to ports on the back of the RackMac Pro for external cable connection. The device’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro, with an open-back design that allows for proper airflow and optimal cooling. Only 7 inches tall by 16 inches deep, the 4U RackMac Pro can be used in a wide range of mobile racks, carts and rack cases, as well as in a server room.
Making its IBC debut, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 card reader is a fast and affordable P2 single-slot memory card reader available. Based on 10Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, the device can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/s. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 is bus-powered and connects directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with an included Thunderbolt cable. The device supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates at maximum speed, and also reads micro P2 cards with an optional adapter.
At IBC 2014, Sonnet will feature the xMac Pro Server, its rackmount solution with built-in Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion for the new Mac Pro. The xMac Pro Server mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server allows audio-video professionals to use high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro, which lacks its own PCIe expansion slots. Through the installation of optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits into the xMac Pro Server, users can connect storage expansion devices such as hard drives and SSDs to the Mac Pro.
Also on Sonnet’s stand will be the xMac mini Server which mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, allowing users to tap into the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire and RAID controller cards. The latest generation xMac mini Server combines the best of previous models, adds a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards like the Avid HDX and is the quietest model yet.
Sonnet will also be showing the Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis that facilitates mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards, originally designed only for use in desktop computers.